Australia’s entrant in the 2019 Shell Eco-marathon Asia, Team Incharge from Girton Grammar School in Bendigo, have glided their way into 5th position, bettering their result from last year.
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s leading competitions for students aiming to push the boundaries of what is technically possible in energy-efficient mobility.
The Shell Eco-marathon has different categories in which teams can compete: urban concept vehicles or prototypes. They can be propelled by battery-electric motor, hydrogen fuel cell, or combustion engines running on either petrol, diesel or ethanol.
The Girton Grammar team, drawn from students in Years 10 to 12, were competing in the battery-electric car category in a field of 22 teams from universities across the Asia-Pacific region.
The students designed and built a three-wheel prototype called ‘Incharge’. Its rear wheel is driven by a motor that draws current from a lithium battery and puts out the equivalent of a fifth of a horsepower. The students have coded the car’s blackbox brain to maximise range and minimise energy use.