Teams of high school and university students recently competed in the fifth annual Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston, Texas, which awards prizes for fuel efficiency.
68 vehicles were entered into the race this year. 56 vehicles were entered into the prototype category – 32 powered by gasoline, 17 by plug-in electricity systems, five by solar systems, three by fuel cells, three by ethanol, three by diesel, and one by biodiesel. 12 vehicles were entered into the urban concept category – seven powered by gasoline, two by diesel, one by a plug-in electricity system, one by fuel cells, and one by a solar system.
For the third year in a row, the student team from Université Laval in Quebec, Canada won first place and $5,000 in the internal combustion prototype category with its prototype vehicle, seen in the photo above, that has fuel efficiency estimated at 2,564.8 miles per gallon. The team from Louisiana Tech University took first place and $5,000 in the urban concept category with their 646.7 mpg entry.
For a full list of winners, and the prize amounts award to each team, see Shell’s website for a highlight of the two day event.