Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 5

March 30, 2012

Friday morning started early with the rest of the team arriving from the airport. Following a quick breakfast provided by the event organizers the 3 team drivers attended the drivers meeting and track walk around. Here the details of the track were discussed and the different driving rules were explained. Following this were the opening ceremonies where the event was officially kicked off by the mayor of Houston and Shell Executives.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 4

March 29, 2012

This is the last day of the drive down to Houston and we finally entered Texas. Coming south from Kansas, it took us all by surprise at how green the scenery was. Everything was green on the highway and we even got our fair share of thunder showers as we neared Houston.

Around 6:00PM we reached Houston and navigated the highway systems to get to the George R Brown Convention Centre where we would be competing. Parking behind the convention centre it took the remainder of the evening to carry the EcoCar and all of the equipment and tools from the trailer to our work station and booth in the convention centre. Several of the halls of the convention centre had been used for the event. In Hall B there was a ¼ mile test track set up for teams to trial their vehicles before participating in the actual race. Hall C had 115 work stations set up; one for each team. We were near the rear left corner in a row with all of the other teams running hydrogen vehicles. Over the course of the event we would get to know these teams really well. Then in part of Hall C and most of Hall D there was the technical inspection stations and slalom course. Each vehicle was required to go through all of the technical inspection stations and the slalom course before being allowed to partake in the races.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 3

March 28, 2012

Waking up to a brisk morning, the truck and trailer continue to trek south east. It didn’t take long to pass into Wyoming and there is a switch to red tinted highways.

As the day progresses the temperature steadily climbs to 25oC. It’s another perfect day for driving to the EcoCar to competition. Some notable events for the day include crossing “North Fork Crazy Woman”, “Middle Fork Crazy Woman”, and “South Fork Crazy Woman” creeks.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 2

March 27, 2012

Following an early start, the trailer was loaded and the vehicle secured and ready for travel. With a final wave from team members the truck and trailer pulled away from the UofA campus and was Houston bound.

The first destination was Calgary, where our driver helmets  needed to be picked up. Having done this the next stop was the border. A couple coffee and food breaks later and with no problems at the border we’d passed into the state of Montana.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Day 1

March 26, 2012

Following an all day and all night build session, the vehicle was ready for the 10am media send off event. The media turn out was awesome!  A big thank you all the different stations and newspapers that were able to attend. Our team and sponsors really appreciate the coverage. Following some quick interviews and a vehicle drive demo the car was brought back into the shop and a day of finishing touches began.

Shell Eco-Marathon Running Diary: Introduction

Hello, my name is Matthew Sponiar, and I’m the Project Manager for the U of A EcoCar Team. I’ve put together a couple blog entries to describe the UofA EcoCar Team’s travel and competition in Houston, TX for the Shell Eco-Marathon 2012. But before I start, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our project partners and the people that have helped make this project and our attendance at competition a possibility.

The EcoCar Team Award Presentation at Shell Eco-Marathon Americas!

Below is a team picture provided by Shell of our team receiving the medals, cheque and trophy for Second Place in the Fuel Cell – Urban Concept Division at the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in Houston, Texas!


Second Place Fuel Cell UrbanConcept winner University of Alberta with Dick Williams, President, Shell WindEnergy, and Bob Pease, President and CEO of Motiva Enterprises during the Awards Ceremony at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012 on Sunday, April 1, in downtown Houston. HO No Restrictions

Shell Eco-Marathon Americas Results!

After a long tough weekend with many curve-balls thrown at our team, we are proud to be able to come home with the Second Place Trophy in the Hydrogen Fuel Class! We were able to attain 26 km/l which broke last years record and we were very close to the first place team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who attained 28 km/l! This is a great result for our team’s first competition! We are very proud of the outcome and hope to continue to get better and better in international competitions!

University of Alberta students take homemade eco-car to Texas

U of A students showcase green hydro car