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SKF demonstrates commitment to energy efficiency by sponsoring Shell Eco-marathon Americas


The principle of Shell Eco-marathon is simple: to design and build the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle. Shell Eco-marathon Americas, held recently in downtown Houston, is a unique competition that brings together more than 100 teams and thousands of students from across the Americas to battle for ultra-energy efficiency. Teams register in the fall of the year prior to the competition, and spend months designing and refining their vehicles and technology to compete where distance, not speed, is the challenge.

The 2013 winners Prototype category were a team of students from Quebec's Université Laval. The team's vehicle traveled a mind-boggling 3,587 miles on a single gallon of gasoline at the 7th annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition. It was the highest mileage ever achieved for both Université Laval and the Americas challenge.  In another category, Urban Concept, Mater Dei also set a record this year with the equivalent of more than 7,000 miles per gallon achieved.

SKF has been a major sponsor of Shell Eco-marathon Americas since the challenge began seven years ago.  According to John Bloomer, Head Global Sales, SKF Traditional Energy business unit, "We are proud of our commitment to Shell and their innovative quest to positively impact the future of energy efficiency.  The goals of Shell Eco-marathon fit perfectly with SKF's commitment to sustainable, efficient energy production and use."

During the design phase, SKF offers participants free access to their engineering experience and products as they design their vehicles by providing an engineering hotline to help students resolve energy-efficiency challenges.

The eighth annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas will take place in downtown Houston, April 24th-27th, 2014 at Discovery Green Park.
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