Shell Eco Marathon

Shell Eco-Marathon: High Fuel-Efficiency Vehicle Competition Coming to Detroit this Weekend

What was your gas mileage on the way to work today? I’m guessing if you got 30 miles per gallon, most of you thought you were ahead of the game. There’s an event coming to Detroit this weekend that might raise your expectations for that number in the future.

Shell is bringing over 1000 engineering and science students representing 140 teams to Cobo Center this weekend to compete in its Eco-Marathon competition. The competition involves the construction and running of high fuel-efficiency vehicles of the future that Shell says will average 3,000 miles per gallon.

For context, that is high enough fuel efficiency to get from Detroit to Los Angeles on a single gallon of gas with over 700 miles to spare. The vehicles will be powered by everything from electric batteries to hydrogen fuel cells and even traditional gasoline.

The competition, which takes place from 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, runs along a course that goes from Cobo to Washington Boulevard.

For those that can’t make the competition on Saturday, there will also be practice runs and inspections where you can see the cars. Test drives will also be held on the Cobo rooftop for most of the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Shell will also have an America’s Experience show in Cobo Center Friday and Sunday. There will be various exhibits at the event:

  • A future cities experience showing what Detroit might look like in 2050
  • Using your own energy to illustrate a range of energy sources around the world including wind, solar and electricity
  • An exhibit showing the process by which offshore oil molecules go from the rig to the lab and into your cars and homes
  • A kinetic energy dance floor that will take pictures using the energy generated by the movement of the dancing.
  • A look at the history of vehicles from the earliest gasoline powered cars to the most recent developments in electric vehicles and 3D printed cars

In addition to the exhibits, attendees will be able to see local bands and win Shell prizes. The Cobo Center exhibits will be open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.

All events are free. For more information you can check out the Eco-Marathon website here.

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