Philippine Teams To Compete in Shell Eco-marathon: Innovating Sustainable Mobility

Philippine Teams To Compete in Shell Eco-marathon: Innovating Sustainable Mobility

MANILA: The Polytechnic University of the Philippines' PUP Hygears and the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA’s ALTAS Valor from the Philippines are chosen to represent their country in this year's Shell Eco-marathon in Lombok, Indonesia. These teams join a worldwide network of student innovators committed to developing eco-friendly vehicles that cut emissions and support sustainability.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What is the objective of the Shell Eco-marathon competition?

    The objective of the Shell Eco-marathon competition is to inspire student teams to develop innovative solutions for a sustainable future by designing, building, and testing energy-efficient vehicles.
  • Which teams are representing the Philippines in this year's Shell Eco-marathon?

    The teams representing the Philippines in this year's Shell Eco-marathon are PUP Hygears from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and ALTAS Valor from the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA.
  • What category is PUP Hygears' vehicle participating in, and what is their goal for this year's competition?

    PUP Hygears' vehicle, Luna IV, is participating in the Battery Electric Prototype category. Their goal for this year's competition is to improve their performance and bounce back from last year's competition, aiming to reduce waste by reusing and repurposing materials from their previous vehicle fabrication process.
  • Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    The Shell Eco-marathon is an international competition that challenges student teams to design, build, and test energy-efficient vehicles. Its main objective is to inspire the Changemakers of Tomorrow to develop innovative solutions for a sustainable future.

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    Serge Bernal, Vice President for Corporate Relations of Shell Pilipinas Corporation, encouraged the teams to view this experience as more than just a competition. He said, "Take this opportunity to learn, connect with others, and enjoy the experience. Be proud that you are representing our country in advancing sustainable mobility."

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    PUP Hygears' Luna IV joins the Battery Electric Prototype category, targeting waste reduction via material reuse. They aim for improved performance and a strong comeback this year.

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    Miguel Licuanan of PUP Hygears is optimistic about their event preparations. He states, "We've been preparing for months and are confident in our car's performance." He highlights teamwork and collaboration as crucial in building an efficient vehicle.

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    ALTAS Valor's AVALON will compete in the Urban Concept Internal Combustion category. It has an automatic CVT engine, a carbon fiber body, enhanced stock parts, and an aluminum chassis.

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    "It’s a mix of being excited and being nervous for the event.” says Jacob Moises Torres, Team Manager of ALTAS Valor as he expressed excitement and nerves for an upcoming competition. The team is optimistic about winning and is receiving guidance from Perpetual DALTA alumni as part of their preparation.

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    The teams also received mentoring and coaching from SEM alumni, Meg Celine Cruz, Joven Talape, Jerome Sta. Cruz, and Tito Eusebio, who are also employees of Shell. The send-off program held on June 29 was attended by Pepon Marave, the Race Director for Shell Eco-marathon Asia Pacific and Middle East 2023.

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    Marave, a Filipino multiple Formula 3 Asia champion, emphasized the importance of preparation. He said, "There's nothing like being prepared. When you're prepared, you're not stressed, and when you're not stressed, you can truly enjoy the experience."

    Shell Eco Marathon 2023

    The Shell Eco-marathon 2023 will be held in Lombok, Indonesia, from July 4 to 9 at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit. For details, visit www.shell.com.ph/energy-and-innovation/shell-eco-marathon.html.

    Also Read: DLSU team places 3rd in 'Road to 2050' challenge of Shell Eco-marathon Virtual League

    Photos: Roy Robles and Shell Philippines

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    Roy Robles is a self-professed car nut who can never stop talking about automobiles. After getting his degree in Economics at the Jose Rizal University in 2014 he worked full time as a banker for different financial institutions but never lost sight of his love for cars. He established his own personal brand focused on motoring called Mototelic, featuring different car clubs, builds and and reviews developing a following in both Facebook and YouTube. His first taste of the mainstream was with Maxspeed Autoportal in 2019 as Content Creator and YouTube Host. He is currently the Managing Editor for Zigwheels.ph

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