Local students win top prizes at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016

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DETROIT (Edelman News Release) - After months of building an ultra-energy efficient vehicle and a weekend of intense competition in Detroit, students from Ruston High School and Louisiana Tech exceeded expectations at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016, a global energy efficiency competition that was held this past weekend, April 22-24, in Detroit. Please see the full competition press release below.

Ruston High School took home second place prize in the UrbanConcept, Alternative Fuel category for recording 98 mpg – their first time building an UrbanConcept vehicle. The team also came in 10th place in the Prototype, Gasoline category with 681 mpg – an incredible achievement given that they were one of the few teams that made 90 percent of every part in their supermileage vehicle. By comparison, today’s most fuel efficient vehicle achieves 37 mpg, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Louisiana Tech were one of the two teams to make it past technical inspections for the UrbanConcept, CNG category, and one of six to pass technical inspections in the UrbanConcept, Diesel category. Although the team did not achieve their hopes for a trophy finish, the students – most of whom are non-traditional students pursuing second degrees or changing careers – gained technical skills, such as designing and manufacturing, as well as valuable experience in leadership, teamwork and networking.

More than 1,000 high school and college students from a record 124 teams representing seven countries – Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the United States – competed at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016 after designing, building and testing their most energy-efficient vehicles.