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SEM Asia 2014 Morris Ven Papio

Morris hopes that new vehicle technology will help create a better future

Excited students gathered at the SMX Convention Centre in Manila, Philippines, on October 23, 2013, to reveal futuristic cars built over the past year.

“The experience of creating our vehicles is something that we cannot learn inside the classroom,” says Morris Ven Papio, the 21-year-old team manager and driver for DLSU Eco-Car Team, De La Salle University.

His team’s sleek car is designed for city driving. Solar energy helps power the electric battery. Other teams showcased capsule-like vehicles, powered by a range of fuels, with a pure focus on energy efficiency. With only months to go, competitors will be working around the clock to fine-tune their entries ahead of Shell Eco-marathon.

Engineers of the future

The public parade marked the first day of the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers Annual National Convention, attended by thousands of students and professionals. Like Shell Eco-marathon, the launch sparked debate around what is possible in future car design and energy efficiency.

“I feel excited to see new engineering innovations,” says Emmanuel De Leon, a student delegate from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. “Hosting the competition in the Philippines marks a big step for us in engineering and sustainable transport.”

Shell Eco-marathon Asia will take place from 6-9 February 2014.

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