Shell Eco-marathon: Brilliant minds coming together to help build a lower carbon world.
Shell Eco-marathon is a global academic programme focused on energy optimisation and one of the world’s leading student engineering competitions. Over the past 35 years, the programme has consistently brought to life Shell’s mission of powering progress by providing more and cleaner energy solutions. The global academic programme brings together Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students from across the globe to design, build and operate some of the world’s most energy-efficient vehicles. All in the name of collaboration and innovation, as students’ bright ideas help to shape a lower carbon future for all.
About Shell Eco-marathon
A rich history of innovation and inspiration
The competition dates back to 1939, when Bob Greenshields, Shell’s Research Director, made a friendly wager with his colleagues to see who could get the best fuel economy from road cars adapted to maximise energy efficiency. Bob achieved 49 MPG, setting a record and creating a legacy that has lasted the distance.
Shell Eco-marathon officially launched in 1985, when 25 teams gathered in France to pit their wooden vehicles against one another in a format that laid the foundations for the competition we now know and love.
The track competition has come a long way since then and today’s teams can choose from an array of energy options, from battery electric to hydrogen fuel cell, using different materials, from advanced carbon fibre to bamboo. In 2020 and 2021 with the cancellation of live events, Shell Eco-marathon made the transition to a virtual programme, resulting in great achievements over several odds. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to provide STEM students with a platform to collaborate and learn, to help shape a lower carbon world.
To date, more than 100,000 students from hundreds of universities in over 60 countries have participated and the legacy of Shell Eco-marathon is clear to see. Meet the teams from previous seasons and read their inspirational stories with real-world impact on the STEM global community.