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Shell and the City of Houston Team Up to Bring 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas(TM) to Discovery Green

Fuel Efficiency Challenge to Take Place in Spring 2010


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HOUSTON, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A stroll around Discovery Green will have a whole new meaning in spring 2010 when walkers, runners and cyclists are replaced by cars of the future, as high school, university, and college students test vehicles they have designed and built to see which can go the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. Shell and the City of Houston are pleased to announce the Shell Eco-marathon Americas will take place in Houston, March 26-28, 2010.

“Bringing the Shell Eco-marathon to our home town of Houston provides the student teams with an all-new setting to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency,” said Marvin Odum, President, Shell Oil Company. “The Shell Eco-marathon offers young people interested in technology, energy, and transportation a unique, hands-on opportunity to showcase their innovations. We look forward to seeing these vehicles on the Houston street course. This is a spectator event this year; I encourage student teams to register and many to come watch and get a glimpse of the future.”

The move to Houston marks two firsts for the event, which has been held in Southern California since its launch in the Americas in 2007. In addition to the new location, the event will, for the first time, take place on a street course, showcasing the exciting student innovations and futuristic vehicles on a more realistic stage.

“Houston is proud to play host to the young people using their intelligence and creativity to tackle the great question of how we harness natural resources for our energy needs, while protecting the environment,” said Mayor Bill White. “We welcome these researchers to Houston, a place that appreciates their talents.”

Shell Eco-marathon student teams create fuel efficient cars in two categories: “Prototype,” which focuses on streamlined vehicles that maximize fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction, and “Urban Concept,” which focuses on more “roadworthy” fuel-efficient vehicles that are closer in appearance to the higher-mileage cars seen on roads today. For both categories, teams can use any conventionally available energy source – including fuels such as diesel, gasoline and liquid petroleum gas, as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, biomass and solar.

The Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the U.S. as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The winner of that contest barely achieved 50 mpg (21 km/l), and from these humble origins, a more organized competition evolved. In 1985 in France, the Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was re-launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia will be held.

Registration for the 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas is now open. Official rules, instructions for registration and details on prizes, are available on the Shell Eco-marathon Web site at http://www.shell.com/ecomarathon .

Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 112,000 people and operating in more than 130 countries and territories.

Shell Eco-marathon Americas broadcast-quality b-roll and sound are available for download here: http://www.BaderTV.com/Eco-marathon (user: Houston, password: news). High-resolution images are available at http://www.shell.com/ecomarathon .

Stats from the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas event:

— More than 500 students from 44 participating teams from across North and South America took part in the 2009 event.

— The Laval University team of Canada achieved an astonishing 2,757.1 miles per gallon, equivalent to 1,172.2 kilometres per liter, to win the grand prize in the “Prototype” category.

— In the “Urban Concept” category, a team from Mater Dei High School took the grand prize by achieving 433.3 mpg, equivalent to 184.2 km/l.

— Teams from Texas who participated in 2009 event: University of Houston, Lamar University and University of Texas, El Paso

The Shell Eco-marathon is an educational project that challenges student teams to design and build the most energy-efficient vehicle to compete against each other. The winner is the vehicle that travels the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.

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Shell and the City of Houston Team Up to Bring 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas(TM) to Discovery Green