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Winners of hybrid electric challenge to be awarded on Friday

posted on 31/01/2014: 1702 views

Winners of the first Taqa GCC hybrid electric challenge will be announced on Friday in a ceremony at Al Forsan International Sports Resort in the capital.

More than 120 engineering students and 11 teams, representing universities in the UAE and the Gulf region, have competed against each other to record the longest distance and fastest speed.

"The next generation of engineers will play a critical role in developing a sustainable economy for the UAE and the region. This event gives engineering student the opportunity to try out what they have learned in the classroom in a competitive environment,” Saif Al Sayari, Taqa's executive officer and head of energy solutions, said.

Teams consisting of drivers and technicians have raced hybrid petro and battery powered electrical cars.

The two-day race, which has started yesterday and will end today, witnessed participation from universities in Oman, Qatar and Kuwait in addition to rivals from UAE University, Masdar Institute, Abu Dhabi University, Khalifa University and Petroleum Institute.

"After all our work we hope to reap the fruits of our efforts by winning the race especially since our car weights 73 kg and runs at about 60 km/hr. If we did not win, then at least we worked as one team and enjoyed such wonderful challenge that will add much to our work experience,” Abdullah Abdul Jalil, 21, leader of ADU team, told Gulf News.

Teams chose to configure their car to run on electricity throughout the two days of the race, and petrol was only used to charge the lithium battery during the times allocated for it by race officials.

The competition will be hosted by the Petroleum Institute and supported by the Emirates Foundation. – Gulf News


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