Shell and UJ showcase second Shell Eco-marathon in Africa

After a successful launch in 2014, Shell Eco-marathon comes back to South Africa to see young engineers from across the continent compete in one of the world’s most challenging student innovation competitions!

Shell South Africa, in conjunction with the University of Johannesburg, will host the second Shell Eco-marathon in Africa on 3 and 4 October at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria West.

Shell Eco-marathon is a global competition that challenges high school and university students to design, build, test and drive the most energy-efficient vehicle. This initiative seeks to inspire young people around the world to develop new approaches and energy-efficient solutions to the future of mobility.

This year, 20 participating teams from different high schools and Universities in South Africa and within the African continent registered for the competition. The teams are classified under two vehicle categories, that is, Prototype and UrbanConcept.

The Prototype category will be powered by battery electric or gasoline (unleaded petrol). The UrbanConcept will be powered by gasoline (unleaded petrol) or diesel. The winning team will have designed a car that drives the equivalent of the longest distance using the least amount of energy in their chosen category. The goal is not to break speed records but to use as little energy as possible over a set distance.

“We are pleased to work closely with the University of Johannesburg’s School of Electrical and Electronic 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,” said Bonang Mohale, Chairman of Shell South Africa.

Shell Eco-marathon is a visible demonstration of Shell’s commitment to finding, integrated, responsible solutions to the growing energy demand worldwide. It aims to stimulate all our stakeholders and the general public to engage in energy dialogues.


October 02, from 15h00: Team registration
October 03, from 8h00 – 17h00: Technical Inspection and Practice runs
October 04, from 8h30 – 16h00: Competition runs and Awards Ceremony

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