With less than two weeks left until the competition, the Illini EcoConcept team is busy finishing the vehicle over spring break. This is only the second year for the team. In our first year we brought a hydrogen fuel cell powered “urban concept” vehicle and took first place. This year we would like to improve our efficiency further and defend our title. At the same time, we’re taking our vehicle to the next level. While the 2013 car has been designed to be exceedingly efficient, it has also been designed to seat two people and reach at least 30 mph.
About the Road to Eco-marathon
This sub-section of the Great Energy Challenge Blog features the stories of high school and college students who have spent much of the past year focusing on the problem of building vehicles that use less fuel. They are participants in Shell* Eco-marathon, a competition on three continents to design, build, and drive the most fuel-efficient car.
* Shell is sponsor of the Great Energy Challenge. National Geographic retains autonomy over content.