he Nelson Mandela University’s Eco-Car Team
The Shell Eco-Marathon is a global competition that challenges high school and university students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicle. It began in Europe in 1985 but expanded to other continents, with the first South African event held in 2014. The 2018 event saw 13 teams competing, including three from universities in Nigeria and Namibia.
There are three energy categories: internal combustion engine (petrol, diesel or ethanol), hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric.
In the internal combustion engine category, all three entries used Shell’s standard unleaded 95 petrol. The Nelson Mandela University set a new event record of 220 km/l for a petrol engine vehicle, which is equivalent to a standard car with a
The battery-electric category had eight competing teams, four of which were from the University of Johannesburg. First prize went to the Hoërskool Florida team, who also won the Safety award, earning them another R2 000! There were only two entries in the hydrogen fuel cell category, both from the University of Johannesburg, with team UJ V^2-Over-R declared the winner.
The Spirit and Perseverance award was won by the Namibia University of Science and Technology