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Virtual Shell eco-marathon Asia off-track awards won by four Indian teams

Shell eco-marathonFour Indian teams have bagged awards in four out of six categories at the first virtual Shell Eco-marathon Asia Off-Track event. Student teams from India won a $3000 prize money each.

While the on-track event was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic, the the organizers evaluated students online for the off-track awards in the categories of Technical Innovation, Vehicle Design (Prototype and Urban Concept), Communications, Safety and Circular Economy.

Winning teams & categories

Team Eco Titans from VIT University bagged Communications Award for their integrated communications efforts including elements like cross-nation seminars, exhibitions, rallies, radio segments and social media outreach.

Team Pravega from the Government Engineering College, Barton Hill got the award of Circular Economy for its successful creation of an eco-friendly prototype made from 100% bamboo fabric combined with glass fibre and powered by electrical energy.

Team DTU E-Supermileage from the Delhi Technological University won the Vehicle Design Award in the category of Prototype for its aerodynamic and fuel-efficient vehicle design that includes a carbon fibre (G1CM) body structure.

Team Inferno from the Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology bagged Safety Award for its remarkable approach to safety including standardised protocols for drivers, vehicle transportation, battery management, risk assessments and several other on-site best practices.

Nitin Prasad, Chairman, Shell Companies in India, said, “We are proud of the student teams representing India in the 2020 Shell Eco-marathon Asia Off-Track Awards. We will continue to empower talented minds to make our country a destination for efficient and sustainable mobility solutions”.

First Edition

The first edition of the virtual Shell Eco-marathon Asia Off-Track Awards witnesse participation of eight student teams from  India.

The winners were announced in a virtual ceremony live on Shell Eco-marathon’s Instagram and Twitter on June 3, 2020, led by Shell Eco-marathon Global General Manager Norman Koch. Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Driver Charles Leclerc joined the ceremony as a special guest.

About winning the award, Sanjeev Poduri, Team Manager, Team Eco Titans, VIT University, said, “We had put in everything in preparation for the event and we are so glad to have seen this come to fruition. We would like to thank Shell for giving us this wonderful opportunity by finding a virtual solution, not letting our efforts go to waste and rewarding our work.”

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Team Inferno, Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology at Shell eco-marathon

Sree Tejas S, Team Manager, Team Inferno, Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, said, “Team Inferno is happy to register its first off-track award win and would like to take this as a motivation to strive harder for future wins at SEM competitions.

Around 50 teams from 16 different countries participated in the virtual Shell Eco-marathon Asia Off-Track Awards.

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