THE SHELL ECO-MARATHON IS A COMPETITION OF EFFICIENCY.
The victors are not the fastest or the most agile, but the ones who use the least energy to complete a race track. Participants build vehicles specifically designed to weigh the least and roll the best, all while carrying real passengers.
Here's how it works:
- Each run is approximately 6 miles.
- Shell officials measure the energy used in each run.
- This measurement is used to calculate your efficiency.
- The team that achieves the highest efficiency wins.
In our category (Battery-Electric):
- Our energy is measured by a device that integrates the voltage and current running through our motor.
- Our efficiency is measured in the units 'miles per kilowatt-hour'.
Each run consists of several laps around the track. With this year's track being .6 mi long, our driver will needed to complete 10 laps.
The track changes periodically; previously the track was in downtown Houston. It is now in Detroit. Motor city here we come!
we have to meet all of these requirements
- Safety: Includes aftermarket high-decibel horn, 5-point safety harness, and fire extinguisher.
- Technical: Includes battery management system, custom motor controller, and emergency shut-off system.
- Mechanical: Includes strength-tested rollbar, emergency release doors, and hydraulic disk-brakes.
Our Team: Has to pass a safety course
Our Driver: Has to pass a skills course
Our Car: Has to pass a technical inspection
While our ultimate score is only dependent on our performance in the competition,
there are several off-the-track awards for the teams who best meet the requirements above.
Shell and Duke Electric Vehicles both strive to maintain a safe working environment, which means a goal of ZERO accidents or safety incidents. With the proper training, safety equipment, and sense of responsibility, we can all achieve Goal Zero.