09 March 2017

Canterbury electric eco-vehicle ready for global Eco-marathon

  • Shell Eco-Marathon team photo
  • Shell Eco-Marathon car

Ready to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon, a team of University of Canterbury engineering students unveiled their energy-efficient fully recyclable electric car on 3 March at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand in Christchurch, in a final test drive before the event.

The Canterbury students will compete with other young people from around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. The primary goal of the competition is not to finish first but to build a vehicle that can last the longest on as little fuel as possible.

Team faculty advisor, Bruce Robertson, said testing was showing the car was competitive.“Data collected from testing shows the car is a potential winner, but the students know that the competition in Singapore is going to be tough so there is a feeling of tense excitement building up to their departure.”

In a world first, the team’s vehicle is made entirely from thermoformed plastic sheets, including the chassis and the outer panels.

Shell New Zealand chairman Rob Jager says the whole point behind the Eco-marathon is to inspire engineers of the future to turn into reality their visions of sustainability and energy efficiency.

"We've been hoping for some time that a New Zealand team would participate in this competition,” he said.

This year Shell Eco-marathon Asia will welcome more than 100 teams in Singapore from March 16-19, 2017. Regional Eco-marathons will also be held in Europe and America with the world finals in London 30 June – 3 July.

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