​​Members of the Elsik High School Team showed off the car they are building for Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2017 to Bruce Culpepper and Shell employees.
​​Members of the Elsik High School Team showed off the car they are building for Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2017 to Bruce Culpepper and Shell employees.

124 vehicles from 7 countries. 20,000 visitors. 1,100 participants. 2,585 miles per gallon in 2016.

What will this year bring?

For three days in April, the Make the Future Festival in Detroit will bring bright energy ideas together and provide platforms for conversation and collaboration; inviting everyone to experience, test, discuss and contribute ideas.

At the heart of this festival is Shell Eco-marathon, where students design, build and compete their ultra-energy efficient vehicles.

The winners are the teams that travel the farthest using the least amount of energy.

#makethefuture

Shell launched the #makethefuture campaign as part of our ambition to support a brighter energy future by helping to find solutions for more and cleaner energy.

By working together with governments, businesses, academic institutions and the community, we can help to transform lives and bring more (and cleaner) energy to communities around the world. 

Dash to the finish: Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique global competition, with events in Asia, the Americas and Europe, that challenges students to push the boundaries of energy efficiency on the road. 

The challenge? Design, build and drive the world’s most energy efficient vehicle.

The first Shell Eco-marathon Americas took place in 2007 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. In 2010 the Americas event moved to Houston, Texas, and moved to Detroit, Michigan in 2015. 

Powering Progress Together

Make the Future Detroit will also bring together leading thinkers at Shell’s forum to spark new thinking and action to help society make a transition towards a low-carbon future.

Powering Progress Together is a special event aimed at fostering conversation about future energy through fresh thinking, collaboration, dialogue and debate. 

Useful links and quick facts:

Shell Eco-marathon started in Europe in 1985 and came to the Americas in 2007. First three years were in Fontana, California. Following four years in Houston, Texas, the event debuted in Detroit, Michigan in 2015.

Follow Shell Eco-marathon on TwitterFacebookYouTube.

See photos from past events on Flickr.

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Schools program

Make the Future Detroit takes place at Cobo Center from Thursday, April 27 – Sunday, April 30.