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The Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition has been fortunate enough to work with the SAC Motorsport team who have recently competed and placed in the Shell Eco Marathon Americas 2017. SAC Motorsport was formed in 2015 as a part of the MAES student chapter at San Antonio College. The Alamo Area Clean Cities Coalition first got involved with the SAC Motorsports team while constructing a solar-powered electric golf cart and continued with this project.
The students involved are a diverse group of Engineering, Physics, and Computer Science majors. The car, named Noventa, is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle designed and built by students in line with the rigorous technical and safety requirements for the competition. The team received third place honors at the 11 th Annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas challenge, an international energy efficiency driving competition.
The Shell Eco Marathon Americas is held in Detroit and hosts teams from all over North and South America. The competition has categories for different fuel types including hydrogen fuel cell and electric battery vehicles. The teams must pass a comprehensive safety inspection before doing track runs to determine fuel efficiency. The SAC Motorsport Team was able to travel 66 miles per cubic meter of hydrogen, similar to going 829. 4 miles per gallon of gasoline. Though many of the members will be graduating from SAC and going to University, the team will continue on and try to use this experience to modify or rebuild the car to be more efficient in the hopes of competing again next year. The Clean Cities Coalition plans to be active in the follow up projects as well.
If you’d like to know more or learn how you can support the team, check out their Facebook and website linked below.