NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car emerged champion in the UrbanConcept – Hydrogen category at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 and will compete in the Drivers‘ World Championship Asia regional final on Sunday.

Singapore had its strongest UrbanConcept showing yet, with eight of 10 Singapore teams fronting UrbanConcept cars. Of these, five were battery electric powered cars.

Nanyang Technological University did well again this year, with award-winning team NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car emerging champion in the UrbanConcept – Hydrogen category, with a best attempt score of 46km/m3. In 2017, the team had competed in the battery electric and this year’s strategy to convert the car’s energy source to hydrogen paid off.

“We are very happy to have won the UrbanConcept – Hydrogen category. It was a leap of faith for us when we embarked on the journey to use hydrogen fuel cell due to its volatile nature, and are thankful to Temasek Polytechnic, HES Energy System and ERIAN (Energy Research Institute @NTU) for their knowledge and support. Our next goal is to develop autonomous vehicles to compete in future Shell Eco-marathon competitions,“ said Richmond Ten, Team Leader of NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car from Nanyang Technological University.

The top seven UrbanConcept teams from across the region have qualified for the Drivers‘ World Championship Asia regional final, and will compete on Sunday in a race to see who can cross the finish line first on the least amount of fuel. The teams are:

Category Position Team Result
Internal Combustion Engine First

ITS Team 2

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia)

314.5 km/l
Internal Combustion Engine Second


Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia)

266.7 km/l
Internal Combustion Engine Third


Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

214.7 km/l
Battery Electric First


Lac Hong University (Vietnam)

129.3 km/kWh
Battery Electric Second

Nogogeni ITS Team 1

Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia)

125.1 km/kWh
Battery Electric Third


Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (Indonesia)

108.0 km/kWh
Hydrogen Fuel Cell First

NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car

Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

46.0 km/m3

With this year’s winding 1.2-kilometre track featuring multiple turns and gentle slopes, driving strategy and vehicle aerodynamism have played a big role in determing which teams have the most energy-efficient vehicles.

Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director Shanna Simmons commented on the teams‘ resourcefulness, “Shell Eco-marathon Asia is indicative of this generation’s aspirations for energy efficiency. It’s exciting to see recent technological advances for internal combustion engines, battery-electric systems, and hydrogen fuel cells utilized in this year’s UrbanConcept vehicles. The student-built UrbanConcept vehicles, which are modelled after real-world cars, have attained incredible mileage while mirroring modern industry trends – and it reflects of the direction of automotive mobility in Asia.“

Participants watch Lauv performs in the experience on day two of Shell Make The Future Singapore at the Changi Exhibition Centre, Friday, March 9, 2018 in Singapore. (Edwin Koo/AP Images for Shell)
Participants watch Lauv performs in the experience on day two of Shell Make The Future Singapore at the Changi Exhibition Centre, Friday, March 9, 2018 in Singapore. (Edwin Koo/AP Images for Shell)

Immersive festival experiences complement energy discussions at Make the Future Singapore

Make the Future Singapore Lates saw a strong turnout of millennials actively participating in the festival’s evening experiences. Headliner American singer-songwriter Lauv wowed the crowd with a performance of “I Like Me Better“, amongst a set list of other hits. The specially-curated evening event gave festivalgoers the chance to explore the festival at night and participate in discussions around the energy future, whilst enjoying live performances and unique food and drinks offerings.

Outside of Make the Future Singapore Lates, visitors have been thrilled with virtual reality and hands-on experiences. The Shell Eco-marathon Simulators proved a hit with the young and young at heart, who pit their skills against other challengers to drive around a digital track with optimum fuel efficiency. Visitors also raced their self-built saltwater cars on a mini track – the perennial crowd favourite – while learning how energy is generated by the chemical reaction.

Information and Tickets

For more information on Make the Future Singapore and to register for free priority tickets, please visit http://sg.makethefuture.shell.

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Notes to Editors:

2018 Singapore UrbanConcept Teams
Category Teams Result
Internal Combustion Engine (Diesel)


Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

Internal Combustion Engine (Gasoline)


Singapore University of Technology and Design

Battery Electric


Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

Battery Electric

Nanyang E Drive

Nanyang Technological University

Battery Electric


National University of Singapore

Battery Electric NP-TurboAce Ngee Ann Polytechnic N.A.
Battery Electric

RP Mark 1

Republic Polytechnic


NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car

Nanyang Technological University


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