Would you like to see in action some fuel-efficient vehicles designed by Filipino students? If you do, you might want to check out eight of the 13 participating Philippine teams of the Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Asia on October 23. These teams, hailing from De La Salle University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines Manila, Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City and University of Santo Tomas, will have a public run along a strip of road in front of the SMX Convention Center.
As we reported earlier, the annual SEM Asia will be held in the heart of Manila from 2014 to 2016. Preparations are now underway for the event, which will take place in February 2014. \"We are very excited to be hosting Shell Eco-Marathon Asia next year as we celebrate Shell\'s 100-year presence in the Philippines,\" said Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation vice president for communications Roberto Kanapi. \"We at Shell are committed to providing clean, sustainable energy and educating our consumers on energy conservation and fuel efficiency.\"
The public run coincides with the 61st National Convention of the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (PSME NATCON), an annual convention organized by PSME. This year, the convention focuses on the central theme of \"Harnessing Members\' Initiative: A Key to Global Competitiveness.\"
\"Having the Shell Eco-marathon public run against the backdrop of the PSME NATCON provides a good platform for engineering professionals, students, trade partners and stakeholders to come together and think about sustainable mobility solutions to meet current and future energy challenges,\" said Kanapi.
Aside from the public run, Shell has also invited SEM alumni to talk about their experience and thoughts on smarter mobility during the PSME NATCON\'s second Mechanical Engineering Students Conference.