Engineering Students from Kerala Make Electric Car

In Technology Updates
September 17, 2022

An electric car designed by engineering students from Government Engineering College Barton Hill, Thiruvananthapuram with the mentorship of Acsia Technologies has reached the final stage of the International Energy Efficiency Competition, Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) 2022. The project is also supported by the Additional Skill Acquisition Program, Government of Kerala.

‘Vandy’, the electric car designed by Pravega, a team of 19 students from the mechanical stream of the college is one among the five teams that qualified for the national level of the event to be held at Pertamina Mandalika circuit at Indonesia from 11th October to 16th,2022.

“This season we rebuilt our car entirely from scratch refining our design strategy. What makes us unique is the use of unlikely materials derived from nature and recycled waste. ‘Vandy’ is designed with the objective of making less carbon footprint with optimum aerodynamics and minimum weight. Acsia being a technology leader in the e-mobility space, has helped us define our electronic and software design and strategy better.” says Kalyani S. Kumar, Team Leader, Pravega.

“At Acsia we develop software solutions for the world’s leading automobile manufacturers including BMW, making automobiles more seamless, intuitive, and fun. It is good to see students with a passion for innovation entering a global competition from Kerala. We are proud to have mentored the students of Barton Hill Government Engineering College and it has been an interesting journey for us. Acsia will continue to mentor our student community, imparting relevant knowledge and making them industry ready and supporting their journey towards becoming world-class engineers.,” says Jijimon Chandran – Founder & CEO – Acsia Technologies.

SEM conducted by Royal Dutch Shell PLC is an international competition where students from all around the world design, build, and test cars with ultra-efficiency. The goal of this leading energy efficiency competition is to build super mileage cars, both in the electric and gasoline categories that inspire thought and action and inspire the future of mobility.

Dr. Anish K. John, Faculty Advisor of team Pravega guided the project.