Bengaluru – The second edition of the Make the Future Live India 2019 featuring Shell Eco-marathon, kicked off today at the Shell Technology Center, Bengaluru – one of Shell’s three global technology hubs. The event was flagged off by Mr. B. S. Yediyurappa, Honourable Chief Minister of Karnataka. The event was also attended by Mr T.M Vijay Bhaskar, Chief Secretary, Government of Karnataka and other senior bureaucrats.


Hon. Chief Minister Yediyurappa said, “I’m extremely happy to be a part of Make the Future Live India 2019 organised at the Shell Technology Centre, Bengaluru. I hope that this event successfully showcases innovation and firsthand dialogue on alternative energy solutions. I thank you all for your commitment, partnership and continued cooperation for sustainable development. Together, we shall Make the Future of Karnataka and India better.”


Harry Brekelmans, Projects & Technology Director at Royal Dutch Shell said, “Bengaluru hosts one of our three global technology hubs which all focus on innovation. Make the Future Live is exactly about this; it’s about innovation, inspiration, dedication and determination which is defined by a ‘can-do’ attitude. This is precisely what we’re going to need to be able to solve some of the biggest problems that we’ll face in the future. I urge everyone to look out for some of the solutions to these problems on the track here at Make the Future.”


Now in its second year in India, the event challenges the students from India’s premier universities, to put their self-built energy efficient vehicles through a detailed safety and technical inspection, before being allowed to compete on track under different categories. The student teams are competing in either of the two categories: Prototype – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles – or UrbanConcept – vehicles that resemble today’s cars and run on battery. This year saw two teams participate in the UrbanConcept and 22 in the Prototype category. Students can compete in categories based on their selected energy source: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE): Gasoline, diesel, ethanol (biofuel); and battery electric power.


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