By Salma Awwad
TAQA brings the two day challenge to Abu Dhabi on Al Forsan Sports Resort.
More than 100 young engineers from the GCC are participating in the region’s first hybrid-electric car challenge, which started today.
The two day event is being held at Al Forsan Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi and is free and open to the public.
The event is founded by US-based Global EEE, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes education, energy efficiency and environmental consciousness, is sponsored by TAQA, the international energy company based in Abu Dhabi, and is being hosted by the Petroleum Institute (PI), a University & Research Centre.
The engineering students from 11 university teams around the region were asked to design a car and devise a race strategy which will make their car go furthest on a limited amount of energy.
Each team has spent the past five months designing and constructing their single-seater, lightweight hybrid cars to stringent race design and safety rules.
“The students have been given a fantastic opportunity to develop faster and more energy efficient vehicles and over the next two days we will see who stands out above the rest,” said Dr Saif Al Sayari, TAQA’s Executive Officer and Head of Energy Solutions.
Dr Ismail Tag, acting President and Provost at The Petroleum Institute (PI), said: “In addition to hosting the competition, PI is also fielding two all-female teams and one all-male team, and we are excited about the experience they will gain from interacting with their fellow GCC students.”
The two stage competition opens with the Electric Grand Prix (E-GP), with teams trying to drive their vehicles as far as possible in one hour, using only the energy stored in their batteries.
The second day is the Hybrid-Electric Grand Prix (HE-GP), where teams combine petrol and electric power to travel the maximum distance on the least amount of energy in three hours.For all the latest car news & reviews from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.