In October, a University of Benin (UNIBEN) team consisting of students of the Faculty of Engineering won the international award in competition organized by Shell in Europe and South Africa.
The students won the prize in prestigious nomination “Most innovative vehicle design” for the car called Ecocruise.
Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy efficient vehicles. The winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy… All cars are expected to pass a strict technical inspection to check that they are fit for purpose and safe before they are allowed to race.
UNIBEN had previously taken part in Shell eco-marathon Europe with its first car Tuke-Tuke in May 2014. It was the first team from Sub Saharan Africa to participate in the marathon . Both cars were made by students alone.
Tuke-Tuke has a lot of features. Among them are: automatic windscreen wiper, button actuated gears, fingerprint access, ankara interior and fibreglass body.
UNIBEN is currently planning to participate in another shell eco-marathon in the Netherlands next year.
Students involved include: Osas Omijie, Festus Ibidapo, Adekola Adeyemi, Abdulmalik Tajliad, Daniel Okwoka, Justice Oyemike, Emmanuel Ajari, Eloghosa Iyamu, James Itoro, Jennifer Orji, Anne Monye, Michael Olukoya,and Victor Adegboye. They were 13 students in total supervised by Professor Akii Ibhadode.