Scottish EV team qualifies for Shell event after decade’s absence

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Strathclyde University has become the first Scottish team in nearly a decade to qualify an electric vehicle (EV) for the Shell European Eco-Marathon in London.

Competing with 100 other EV teams from across Europe, the Americas and Asia, the University of Strathclyde team (USEV) will now see the culmination of two years work come together over 15 laps.

Each team must complete 15 laps (9 miles) in under 35 minutes and must complete the trial using only one litre of fuel or the battery equivalent.

Qualifying in the battery electric prototype category, the Glasgow-based student team made up of mechanical engineering, marketing and software engineering students will start racing at about 3:30pm.

John Marwick of the USEV team said: “It gives us great pride to be the first Scottish team taking part. With teams from all over it’s us leading the way in Scotland. It gives you a great sense of pride and achievement.

“I’m  not too sure what our chances are of winning but I feel like we’ve won just by passing qualifying.”

Steven Johnston USEV vehicle designer said: “We came really close to not making it and we had to change a few things last minute but realising that we’ve now all made it together is a really great moment.”

David Rodger from Shell said: “We’ve been working with Strathclyde University students and academics for two years to get to this point today.

“We’ve been looking at how to really make this last. Now we’re getting 70 to 80 students involved that see the value in investing in it for the future and this type of technology.”