Held for the third consecutive year in Indonesia, the regional competition will see students from across Asia and the Middle East battle it out at the Mandalika International Circuit in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, from July 3 to 6. Host Indonesia fielded over 40 student teams, the highest among all participating countries.

Sahala Sianipar, Regional Head of Corporate Relations Northeast and Southeast Asia at Shell, said, "This programme encourages talented young individuals globally to become future leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by designing, building, and testing ultra energy-efficient vehicles that will hopefully create innovative transportation solutions. We believe that with determination and hard work, the students can accomplish incredible things for their countries."

At Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2024, students will compete to create ultra-energy efficient vehicles, which they design and build themselves, in two vehicle categories: Prototype and Urban Concept.

The Prototype class is focused on ultra-efficient, lightweight designs, typically with three wheels and designed to reduce resistance and maximize efficiency. The Urban Concept class is focused on energy efficiency in the form of conventional four-wheeled vehicle design, closer to passenger cars in appearance, with four wheels and designed to road-worthy specifications. Participants can then choose from one of three energy categories: battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and internal combustion engine (gasoline, ethanol, and/or diesel).

To compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2024, teams must meet a set of technical, including safety, rules to qualify for the competition. Qualifying teams then go on to compete in one of the two-vehicle class categories to determine which vehicle is able to cover the longest distance with the least amount of fuel.

Belia Tabah of Universiti Brunei Darussalam from Brunei has successfully passed the technical inspection together with Semar Proto UGM of Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University. Prior to the competition, Belia Tabah visited Yogyakarta in Indonesia to meet and learn directly from Semar Proto UGM about this competition.

Hifdzur Azmi, team manager of Belia Tabah from Universiti Brunei Darussalam, said, “Although our two teams are competing, we have a greater goal of realizing the spirit the younger generation to innovate and collaborate in creating technology that can drive efficiency in addressing future energy challenges.”

This year, Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2024 sees the participation of not only returning student teams but also new teams competing for the first time, such as a high-school student team Selandir Eco Team from SMK Negeri 1 Lingsar, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, in the Prototype category using electric battery energy sources. Participants are showcasing their efforts in developing vehicles with higher levels of energy efficiency.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2024 will also feature several events on the sidelines, such as Shell LiveWIRE, an enterprise development program for young energy entrepreneurs; Shell NXplorers, an educational program focusing on critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills for youths; and Shell Indonesia Women's Network, a discussion and empowerment programme enabling students to explore their future potential.

For more information, please contact:

Reza Fawzy
Corporate Communications - Shell Indonesia

About Shell Eco-marathon

The Shell Eco-marathon challenges high school and college student teams from around the world to design and build the most energy efficient vehicles to address future energy challenges and promote smarter, more sustainable mobility.

Student teams from 12 countries, namely Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam participated in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia-Pacific and the Middle East 2024.

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