The Shell Eco-marathon South Africa is an initiative that seeks to inspire young people around the world to develop new approaches and energy efficient solutions to the future of mobility. This year, the competition brought 20 participating teams from different high schools and universities in South Africa and within the African continent who registered for the competition. It was hosted by the School of Electrical Engineering, University of Johannesburg.
Nigerian university students won three out of the six awards given out at the event, making them the team with the highest number of awards. Two awards were won by students from Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State. Their car went on for 52.9 kilometers on little fuel and won the first position in the prototype vehicle under the gasoline fuel type category. The second award was for developing the most innovative anti-theft device to secure their vehicle.
Under the battery electric prototype vehicle category, the students from the University of Lagos came fifth.
Chairman of Shell South Africa, Bonang Mohale, spoke on the initiative: “We are pleased to work closely with the University of Johannesburg’s School of Electrical Engineering in inspiring the next generation of engineers and in stimulating interest around energy efficiency. We believe that educating young people about the importance of energy is critical to achieving energy security, particularly now when the world has an increased demand for energy.”