Shell Eco-Marathon


The Eco-Marathon is an annual competition sponsored by Shell, in which student teams come together from around the world to see who can drive the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. Participants in this race range from amateurs to university teams to major motor manufacturers who design a variety of environmentally conscious vehicles to achieve the highest possible fuel efficiency. The Eco-Marathon is held around the world with international events in Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, and the USA. Click Here for more information.

The University of Alberta EcoCar team will be competing at the end of April in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas at the Cobo Convention Center in Motor City, Detroit! We will be competing against more than 100 teams comprised of over 1000 high school and post-secondary students from across North and South America and their energy efficient vehicles.

The Eco-Marathon has different classes of competition: fuel cell-powered, solar cell-powered, gasoline-fueled, diesel-fueled, and liquefied petroleum gas-fueled. During competition, cars must attain an average speed of at least 24 km/h (15 mph) over a distance of 16 km (10 miles). Our team competes in the “Urban Concept” division for fuel cell-powered vehicles. Teams in this category focus on meeting the real-life needs of drivers and are close in appearance to the cars seen on roads today. This category challenges the teams to build roadworthy as well as fuel-efficient vehicles that resemble commercially available cars with features such as a steering wheel, signal lights, and mirrors.