15 Pak students from 11 Universities to compete in Manila

ISLAMABAD: 157 student teams from 16 countries across Asia and the Middle East are preparing to hit the streets of Manila, Philippines in February 2014 to compete in the fifth annual Shell Eco-marathon Asia.

The mileage competition will welcome a record number of participating teams this year, as it moves for the first time from the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Luneta Park in the heart of Manila (Philippines).

Representing Pakistan are 15 teams from the country’s top 11 engineering schools, namely:  N.E.D University of Engineering and Technology, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, FAST National University, Iqra University,Karachi, Gulshan, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Sahiwal, Air University, Islamabad, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Pakistan Institue Of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Pakistan Institue Of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The teams have been designing and building their energy-efficient vehicles for more than a year. Success is not measured by speed – it is measured by who can drive a set distance on the least amount of fuel and become the most fuel efficient team by thinking creatively about energy efficiency and putting new ideas into practice.

“Shell Pakistan is honoured to be a part of this great effort to design and build energy-efficient vehicles in the face of ever growing energy demands of an expanding population and economy”, said Natasha Qamar, Communications Advisor at Shell Pakistan.

With the first urban track for Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Manila, participating students can experience first-hand the energy challenges faced by true urban environments. City centres will bear the brunt of the world’s surging population – rising to 9 billion from 7 billion by 2050 – as well as the energy demands that come with it. Taking the challenge to the streets of Manila will demonstrate how new technology can work in the heart of real cities.

“Hosting Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the city of Manila will provide an all-new setting for students across the Asia Pacific region to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency,” said Roberto Kanapi, Vice President for Communications, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. “We at Shell are committed to working with the next generation to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way. Time and again we are astounded by students’ innovation and creativity, and we highly anticipate the February challenge.”

Beyond the student competition, Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 will for the first time convene partners and other stakeholders around the future of energy, technology and mobility. Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 will broaden to include two new events – The Shell Energy Lab and the Powering Progress Together Forum.  Both will spark reflection on the world’s food, water and energy resource challenges; the Energy Lab through interactive games and exhibits for families, and the forum through discussion among delegates from government, business, and civil society. NNI