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Kerala engg students’ electric car wins award at Shell Eco-Marathon 2022


An electric car designed by engineering students from Thiruvananthapuram’s Government College of Engineering, Barton Hill has won a prize at the Shell Eco-Marathon International Energy Efficiency Competition (SEM) 2022. It was held at the Pertamina Mandalika circuit in Indonesia.

Designed by Pravega, a group of 19 students from the college’s mechanical line, have emerged as the best, from multiple entries around the world. The students went through various stages of interviewing and testing before achieving the achievement.

“It is really an achievement for us. This project gave us a unique opportunity to use and expand our engineering skills to create something sustainable and eco-friendly. We extend our gratitude to all those who have supported us, especially Acsia Technologies for their invaluable mentoring as we embark on this mission,” said team leader Pravega Kalyani S Kumar said.

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The team took nearly ten months to complete the prototype electric car that received a lot of attention from experts. Vandy weighs almost 80 kg, with a top speed of 27 km / h.

The vehicle design is based on a biological model of the Tiger Shark which is known to eat plastic and other waste in the sea. The bodywork streamlines the shape of a tiger shark and is also made from recycled biodegradable PLA, 3D printed and assembled in a rigid structural format, while the bodywork is made from a composite consisting of fabric recycled and fiberglass.

According to details, the electric powertrain features an advanced battery thermal management system that the team developed using PCM 1-Tetradecanol, a research paper published in the journal Energy Technology and Evaluation. Sustainability of the Prevega group.

Pravega has received rich support from the Supplemental Skills Acquisition Program, Kerala in their program on Industrial Safety held at CSP Mananthavady, and also supported by governmental and non-governmental organizations different governments.

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