With Shell’s partnership with the Filipino youth, building the road towards a low carbon world is gaining more significance, as sustainable growth powers progress in ways that preserve the environment while promoting smarter mobility through smarter use of energy and effective driving behaviors.
One particular group of student-engineers who strongly uphold these ideals is Team Dagisik from the University of the Philippines (UP). A team composed of new members, Team Dagisik nonetheless proved that they are contenders to watch for in the annual Shell Eco-marathon Asia competition which is slated this March 16-19 in Singapore.
“We see Shell Eco-marathon as an opportunity to innovate, to use our skills to help society in realizing sustainable mobility,” said Rangel Daroya, manager of Team Dagisik, when asked what made them decide to join Shell Eco-marathon which is a competition that challenges students to design, build, and drive the car that can run the farthest using a single unit of energy.
The team built their vehicle, dubbed Siglo, from scratch based from knowledge gleaned from previous teams that competed for University of the Philippines. With the goal of energy efficiency in mind, the team managed to reduce the weight from 150 kg that is the average weight of previous cars that ran for U.P., to 90 kg for better performance.
“Joining takes a lot of determination and commitment. When you think you already got it figured out, new problems will come up. But it’s all worth it when your car finally runs,” said Daroya.
Their hard work and ingenuity in working around the energy challenge did allow the team to prevail during the first Shell Eco-marathon Philippines – a challenger event held in preparation for the regional competition which Shell sponsors to promote sustainable mobility and use of clean and efficient transport.
With a mileage of 110.03 km/kWh, Team Dagisik’s Siglo won the UrbanConcept – Battery Electric category during the local race that recently took place at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.
Team Dagisik’s feat was in large part brought by the members’ positive attitude that motivated them to push past their limits and keep their eyes on the goal of achieving smarter mobility.