Shell International BV: Detroit selected for Shell Eco-marathon Americas
mileage event in 2015
The home of automotive innovation to host premier mileage challenge bringing
together the industries and future engineers who will shape the future of
Houston - Today, Shell Oil Company ("Shell"), in conjunction with Detroit
Mayor Mike Duggan, announced the selection of the iconic "Motor City" as host
for the annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas® challenge beginning in 2015. Shell
Eco-marathon is one of the premier design challenges for high school and
university students who want to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency. The
final Houston event will take place April 25^th-27^th, 2014 on the streets
around Discovery Green Park.
A city whose defining industry is investing in the talent and technology that
will shape the future of mobility, Detroit shares the same vision and
aspirations as Shell Eco-marathon Americas. Shell Eco-marathon Americas in
Detroit will help shape the future of sustainable mobility by uniting the
industries and individuals that will help drive a cleaner, brighter future.
The competition, held annually in the Americas, Asia and Europe, provides a
real-world environment for students to test vehicles they design and build
themselves with the goal of going the farthest possible distance using the
least amount of energy. Shell Eco-marathon inspires young scientists and
engineers to think about energy efficiency and offers them a platform to work
on energy solutions in a practical manner.
"Detroit is the global birthplace of affordable mass mobility. Its engineers,
designers, factory workers, and families put the world on wheels and shaped an
entire industry," said Niel Golightly, VP of External Affairs, Shell Oil
Company. "When we asked ourselves where to host our signature student
innovation competition in the Americas, after five successful years growing
the event in Houston, Detroit was an easy decision. As we invest in a brighter
future, there's no better backdrop than Detroit - a city that is putting its
heart and soul into creating its own brighter future."
Around the world, Shell Eco-marathon reinforces the importance of meaningful
relationships between industries, corporations and governments in addressing
our future energy needs. While Detroit has encountered exceptional adversity,
its resilience and entrepreneurial spirit has helped the city endure
challenging times and re-emerge stronger than ever. The city has a storied
past of world-changing breakthroughs and an infrastructure that has helped it
develop future solutions, making it an ideal location for Shell in the quest
to secure our energy future.
"The decision to bring Shell Eco-marathon Americas to Detroit is another
example of the immense opportunities available for students, businesses and
the community as the city continues to nurture promising new enterprises in
life sciences, information technology and advanced manufacturing," said
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. "Hosting Shell Eco-marathon Americas will bring
national attention to what we already know about our city - that it's one of
the best, most innovative cities to live and work in."
In April 2015, more than 1,000 students from across the Americas are expected
to gather in Detroit with their custom-designed and built energy efficient
vehicles to see who can travel the farthest distance using the least amount of
energy. For the last seven years, students participating in Shell Eco-marathon
Americas have designed super-mileage vehicles - with some achieving more than
3,500 miles per gallon. The 2014 challenge is already shaping up to be one of
the best Americas events yet, with more than 130 teams from Brazil, Canada,
Guatemala, Mexico and all across the United States registered to participate.
Student teams can choose to participate in one or both of the Prototype and
UrbanConcept classes at Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The Prototype class
challenges student teams to enter futuristic prototypes and the UrbanConcept
class focuses on more "roadworthy" fuel-efficient vehicles. In the Americas
event for both classes, teams can use a range of six official energy sources -
including fuels such as gasoline, diesel as well as alternative fuels such as
hydrogen, ethanol, GTL and battery electric technologies.
For universities and high schools interested in learning more about Shell
Eco-marathon Americas, including additional details on vehicle class
requirements, official rules and details on prizes, please visit the Shell
Eco-marathon website at: www.shell.com/ecomarathon.
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About Shell Eco-marathon
Shell Eco-marathon is a global program that challenges high school and college
student teams to design, build and test the most energy-efficient vehicles.
With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, this innovation
competition pushes future scientists and engineers to travel the farthest
distance using the least amount of energy. Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014
will take place April 25 - 27, 2014 on the streets of downtown Houston, the
energy capital of the world. Visit www.shell.com/ecomarathon/americas to learn
more about this program.
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