Houston, Feb. 20, 2018 – Shell, in conjunction with Sonoma Raceway and Speedway Motorsports Inc., will welcome student teams from up to 100 high schools and universities across North and South America to Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas from April 19-22, 2018.

Make the Future California provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation around the world’s energy challenges, as part of a global series of events through 2018. At the heart of these events is Shell Eco-marathon - one of the world’s leading energy efficiency competitions for students - that, for the past 30 years, has been challenging future engineers and scientists to go the farthest with the least amount of energy.

For the past 11 years, students competing in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas have designed, built and tested ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, with some achieving more than 3,500 miles per gallon. 2018 marks the 12th edition of Shell Eco-marathon in the Americas and the return to California where the first Shell Eco-marathon Americas student challenge took place in 2007 with less than 20 teams competing on the inside track of the California Speedway in Fontana.

“We are excited to return to California, a hub for technology and innovation, as we bring together students, energy entrepreneurs and global and local partners to demonstrate collaboration and ignite conversations about how to meet the growing energy demand while reducing future CO₂ emissions,” said Bruce Culpepper, U.S. Country Chair and President, Shell Oil Company. “These ambitious students from all over the Americas have been preparing for the ultimate energy-efficiency challenge, and their bright ideas and innovations on the track show us all what could be possible for the energy solutions of the future.”

“The Shell Eco-marathon program helps to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers for tomorrow's energy challenges,” said Shanna Simmons, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director. “This competition provides students an opportunity to create a real impact in the world today by encouraging innovation and real solutions to address the global energy challenge.”

More than 1,000 student participants from across the Americas have been working for months to plan and construct their ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. By maximizing elements such as streamlined design, lightweight materials and driving strategy, teams aim to set new fuel efficiency records in two Shell Eco-marathon competitions at the iconic Sonoma Raceway in April:

  • Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge – where students compete to see whose vehicle design can go the farthest on the least amount of fuel.
  • Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship Regional Final – where energy efficiency and speed unite in a race to be crowned the regional champion and secure their place in the Drivers' World Championship Grand Final, which will be held in London, 2018.

Student teams can choose to participate in one of two vehicle categories:

  • The Prototype – challenges teams to enter futuristic, streamlined vehicles designed purely to reduce friction and maximize efficiency.
  • The UrbanConcept – focuses on more “roadworthy” energy-efficient vehicles.

For both vehicle categories in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event, teams can choose to compete with one of three drivetrains based on five official energy sources:

  • Internal combustion: gasoline, diesel, and ethanol
  • Hydrogen fuel cell
  • Battery electric technologies

Teams from Across the Americas Take on the Challenge Year-After-Year

Participating teams in 2018 include the Université Laval from Quebec, Canada, which last year recorded 2,731.1 miles per gallon with its ultra-energy-efficient gasoline powered prototype vehicle for first place in their energy and vehicle category. Last year’s runners-up, Brigham Young University and Mater Dei High School from Evansville, Indiana, will also be heading to Sonoma Raceway in April.

This year’s UrbanConcept competitors will include Mater Dei Supermileage Team, returning for their 12th year in the competition, who recorded top energy efficiency stats with 723.4 miles per gallon in its gasoline powered vehicle last year. Minnesota’s Saint Thomas Academy, Alden-Conger High School, and New York’s Newburgh Free Academy, last years’ podium placers, will also compete again this year.

Notably, Louisiana Tech University, which won the Vehicle Design Award in 2017 with its custom-designed UrbanConcept car, is aiming to take the top honors at Sonoma Raceway. This year, the team has partnered with Louisiana Tech’s School of Design to enhance branding and promotion for the team and represent the new era of the program.

Events Surrounding Make the Future California Add Value

In 2018, Shell will help shape the future of sustainable mobility in the Bay Area by uniting the industries and individuals that will help drive a cleaner, brighter future. Shell events related to Make the Future California in April will foster dialogue about future energy challenges and near-term solutions, including:

  • Powering Progress Together, April 19: This year in San Francisco, Shell will convene leading thinkers at this action-focused event aimed to foster conversation about the future of energy. The event will invite fresh thinking, and encourage collaboration, dialogue and debate.
  • Synergy Food Truck: The unique Synergy Truck was developed by Shell Eco-marathon student participants who collaborated to re-imagine every aspect of the food truck experience using new energy technologies. The food truck will also be onsite during the Shell Eco-marathon events at Sonoma Raceway.
  • Shell B2B Showcase: Various businesses within Shell will be featured on site, such as Shell’s New Energies group based in San Francisco, showcasing hydrogen and electric automotive mobility; Shell Lubricants and its hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 tractor-trailer, Starship; and the nearby Shell Martinez Refinery.

For more information on Shell Eco-marathon Americas, including additional details on vehicle class requirements, official rules and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at: www.shell.com/ecomarathon.

About Make the Future Festivals

Make the Future Festivals is Shell's global platform for conversation, collaboration and innovation around the world's energy challenges. With events hosted in countries around the globe, they aim to provide an opportunity for multiple stakeholders: including students, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and the public, to experience, test and contribute bright energy ideas.

About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon is a global program built to offer students hands-on opportunities to develop ideas and technology, knowledge and skills, within an arena of competition.

Currently held in Asia, the Americas and Europe and made up of two key competitions: Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge, and Drivers' World Championship, students from countries across their respective regions use innovative problem-solving skills to design and build their own cars. Looking at every aspect of design and technology, students compete to prove that their bright ideas will produce the most energy-efficient vehicle when tested on the track.

Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia, up until 2013. In 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge and Drivers' World Championship competitions will be held in Singapore, California and London, with London hosting the Drivers' World Championship Grand Final.

About Shell Oil Company

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with operations in more than 70 countries. In the U.S., Shell operates in 50 states and employs more than 20,000 people working to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future. Shell Oil Company is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology and one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, gasoline and natural gas marketers and petrochemical manufacturers.

About Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway, located in the Sonoma Valley, is Northern California's premier motor-sports destination, featuring a world-class road course, drag strip and karting center. Its annual race schedule is headlined by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series and Verizon IndyCar® Series. In addition, Sonoma Raceway boasts a motor-sports industrial park, which serves as home to more than 70 businesses, including the Simraceway Performance Driving Center. Sonoma Raceway is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a leading marketer and promoter of motor-sports entertainment in the United States.

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Queen's Fuel Cell Team (QFCT)Team Name School Name Education Level Country Vehicle Category Energy Source
Alérion Supermileage Universite Laval University Canada Prototype Gasoline
ASME PNW Purdue University Calumet University United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
Bear Racing 2 Central High School High School United States Prototype Battery Electric
Billion Key Urban Concept Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul University Brazil UrbanConcept Ethanol
Bombers John Burroughs School High School United States Prototype Gasoline
Braves 2.0 Terre Haute South Vigo High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
BYU SMV Brigham Young University University United States Prototype Gasoline
Cal Poly Supermileage California Polytechnic State University University United States Prototype Gasoline
Cal Super-Mileage Vehicle Team University of California, Berkeley University United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
Cedarville Supermilage - Sting Cedarville University University United States Prototype Gasoline
Cedarville Supermileage - Urbie Cedarville University University United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Century Race Team Century High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
CNS Performance Engineering Cicero North Syracuse High School High School United States UrbanConcept Hydrogen
Comets University of Texas at Dallas University United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Concordia SAE Racing Concordia University University Canada Prototype Ethanol
Duke Electric Vehicles Duke University University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Duke Electric Vehicles H2 Duke University University United States Prototype Hydrogen
Durand Motorsports Durand High School High School United States UrbanConcept Diesel
e3 - Equipe UFSC de Eficiência Energética (Ethanol) Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina University Brazil Prototype Ethanol
Eco Engineering Club Florida International University University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Eco Illini Supermileage University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University United States Prototype Gasoline
Eco Kuntur Escuela Superior Politécnica de Chimborazo University Ecuador Prototype Gasoline
EcoLancers Livingston High School High School United States Prototype Gasoline
Eco-Marathon at Georgia Tech Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering University United States Prototype Hydrogen
EEV at Sac State California State University, Sacramento University United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
EFICEM Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina University Brazil Prototype Battery Electric
Escudería Borregos CCM Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Campus Ciudad de México University Mexico Prototype Battery Electric
E-Team UDA Elec Universidad del Azuay University Ecuador Prototype Battery Electric
Evolution Supermileage École de technologie Supérieure University Canada Prototype Gasoline
gemelatti ESIME Culhuacan - Instituto Politécnico Nacional University Mexico UrbanConcept Battery Electric
HydroAggies North Carolina A&T State University University United States Prototype Hydrogen
Ignatian Ignition University of Detroit Jesuit High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Illini EcoConcept University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
INNOVAMC3 Montgomery County Community College University United States UrbanConcept Hydrogen
Inter Eco Boost University United States Prototype Gasoline
IUPUI Jaguars Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Kettering University - Project eBulldog Kettering University University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Kiri FAN Universidad Tecnológica Nacional Facultad Regional General Pacheco University Argentina Prototype Battery Electric
Knights 3 Alden-Conger High School High School United States UrbanConcept Diesel
La Tech Eco-Car Louisiana Tech University University United States UrbanConcept Diesel
Lamar EcoCARdinals Lamar University University United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
Let's Do It Again 1 James B. Dudley High School High School United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
LSU Eco Team Louisiana State University University United States Prototype Gasoline
Mater Dei Supermileage Mater Dei High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Mater Dei Supermileage 2 Mater Dei High School High School United States Prototype Gasoline
Mavericks Newburgh Free Academy High School United States UrbanConcept Diesel
Mazerunner 2 Braham High School High School United States UrbanConcept Ethanol
MecMack Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie University Brazil Prototype Battery Electric
Milhagem UFMG Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais University Brazil Prototype Battery Electric
Miztli Universidade Nacional Autonoma De Mexico University Mexico Prototype Battery Electric
Mizzou Eco-Racing University of Missouri University United States UrbanConcept Hydrogen
Momentum Harmony Public Schools High School United States Prototype Gasoline
No Resistance Colorado School of Mines University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Northridge High School Northridge High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Oregon State University Oregon State University University United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
OSU Beavers Oregon State University University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Pato a Jato Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná University Brazil Prototype Ethanol
Penn State UCC Penn State University University United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Queen's Fuel Cell Team (QFCT) Queen's University University Canada Prototype Hydrogen
Queen's Supermileage Queen's University University Canada Prototype Gasoline
Resistance Racing Cornell University University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Rice Electric Vehicle Rice University University United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
Rose-Hulman Efficient Vehicles Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology University United States Prototype Gasoline
Ruston High Eco Car Ruston High School High School United States UrbanConcept Diesel
Ruston High Eco Car 2 Ruston High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Sabana Eco Vehicles Universidad de la Sabana University Colombia Prototype Battery Electric
Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team Alpha Saint Thomas Academy High School United States UrbanConcept Battery Electric
San Antonio College Motorsport San Antonio College University United States Prototype Hydrogen
Sask Eco UC Saskatchewan Polytechnic University Canada UrbanConcept Gasoline
SaskEco Saskatchewan Polytechnic University Canada Prototype Gasoline
Schulich Eco Car Team University of Calgary University Canada UrbanConcept Battery Electric
Schurr Spartans Schurr High School High School United States Prototype Gasoline
SEMA PUCP Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú University Peru Prototype Gasoline
Sexton Supermilers Dalhousie University University Canada UrbanConcept Gasoline
ShopGirls Granite Falls High School High School United States Prototype Diesel
Supermileage uOttawa University of Ottawa University Canada UrbanConcept Gasoline
Swarthmore College Swarthmore College University United States Prototype Hydrogen
Taq Balam Universidad del Valle de Guatemala University Guatemala Prototype Ethanol
Team Carbonair Milwaukee School of Engineering University United States Prototype Gasoline
Team Carbonair II Milwaukee School of Engineering University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Team Elsik Blue Cetane Elsik High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
Team Northern Northern Collegiate High School Canada Prototype Gasoline
Trine Thunder Trine University University United States Prototype Battery Electric
UAB Blazers University of Alabama at Birmingham University United States Prototype Battery Electric
Ualberta EcoCar Prototype Team University of Alberta University Canada Prototype Hydrogen
UAlberta EcoCar UrbanConcept Team University of Alberta University Canada UrbanConcept Hydrogen
UBC Supermileage Team University of British Columbia University Canada UrbanConcept Gasoline
UBC Supermileage Team (Prototype) University of British Columbia University Canada Prototype Gasoline
UCLA SMV Electric University of California Los Angeles University United States Prototype Battery Electriqc
UCLA Supermileage Vehicle University of California Los Angeles University United States Prototype Gasoline
UM ecoMotion University of Manitoba University Canada Prototype Battery Electric
UM Supermileage Electric University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University United States Prototype Battery Electric
UM Supermileage Gasoline University of Michigan - Ann Arbor University United States Prototype Gasoline
University of Toronto Supermileage University of Toronto University Canada Prototype Gasoline
Urban Grace IDEA High School High School United States UrbanConcept Gasoline
UrbanAutos Granite Falls High School High School United States UrbanConcept Diesel
Wawasee Gold Wawasee High School High School United States UrbanConcept Diesel
Wawasee White Wawasee High School High School United States Prototype Hydrogen
Wheat Ridge STEM Gold Wheat Ridge High School High School United States Prototype Hydrogen
Wheat Ridge STEM/Engineering - Blue Wheat Ridge High School High School United States UrbanConcept Hydrogen

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