The sendoff event showcased the innovative and energy-efficient cars Pakistani students will be taking to Shell Eco-marathon Asia next month. This year, ten teams from eight universities are representing Pakistan at the event. The six teams from North Pakistan are; Mech the Tech from Air University, Team Urban and HammerHead ARC from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, NUSTAG and NUST Eco-motive from National University of Sciences & Technology and PIEAS Ecomotive from Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The student teams shared their journey which started from creating their teams; qualifying in the initial selection round; and innovating and building their vehicles with the guidance of their mentors. The teams commended their mentors and thanked Shell for this opportunity.
The event showcased five cars from universities in North Pakistan, which have cleared inspection for shipping off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the regional competition. Habib Haider, External Relations Manager, Shell Pakistan opened the event by saying, ‘Student teams from Pakistan have been actively participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia since 2010. We are proud to be a part of the journey of these young, talented teams. The youth of our country is well equipped to help the nation grow and be recognized at global platforms. It is important for the coming generations to be a part of energy transition coming into play today. This year we hope to see Pakistan represented at the global competition. We wish all the teams best of luck for the competition.’
The event was attended by faculty members of the respective universities to show their support for participating teams. Celebrating its 10th year in Asia, the Shell Eco-marathon will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the end of April. This year, approximately 100 student teams from 21 countries across Asia and the Middle East will test their self-built energy-efficient cars, to see who can go the farthest using the least amount of energy. The winner of the competition will go on to compete at the global level.