De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU-Manila) through the Gokongwei College of Engineering (COE), recently launched two Eco Cars last January 26, 2018 at the grounds of the Henry Sy Building. On hand to give their opening remarks were Dr. Jonathan Dungca, the Dean of the COE and University Chancellor Dr. Robert Rolleda who lauded the efforts of the DLSU Eco Car Team (DLSU-ECT) for coming up with such an invention that may revolutionize transportation.
Also on hand is automotive columnist James Deakin who gave the inspirational remarks. A lifelong advocate of the automotive industry, Deakin said that if there will be anything significant that the Eco Car can contribute, it is the lessening of pollution and the promotion of a much greener environment. He lauds the DLSU-ECT for taking the initiative in coming up with something innovative in the Eco Cars. He exhorts La Sallians in general to “think big, dream big.”
The Eco Car Team
The people behind the Eco Car is the De La Salle University Eco Car Team. Formed in 2011, the DLSU-ECT has committed itself in leading the way in technical innovation, sustainability and safety as they strive to come up with the most fuel-efficient car in Asia if not the world.
They have been competing in the annual Shell-Eco Marathon in Asia. This event invites students from universities around the world to build and run energy-efficient vehicles. The Philippines has hosted the event three times (2014, 2015 and 2016).
The DLSU-ECT has garnered numerous awards in its participation in the Shell Eco Marathon Asia:
- Technical Innovation Award (2012)
- Communications Award (2013)
- Spirit of the Event Award (2014)
- 1st Place – Urban Concept Gasoline (2015)
- 1st Place – Urban Concept Battery Electric (2016)
- 2nd Place – Shell Eco-Marathon Asia Urban Concept Gasoline (2016)
- Champion – Drivers World Championship – Asia (2017)
These awards and accolades are a testament to the talent, hard work, the determination and dedication given by the DLSU-ECT.
The Eco Cars
In the recent launch, the DLSU-ECT has built not one but two Eco Cars named Bumakaya and Imakadiwa. The names are derived from the words of one of the cheers of the university during sporting events. Bumakaya is gas-powered and Imakadiwa is electric-powered.
Both cars have polycarbonate bodies built on a go-kart frame and use LED lights. Some areas are thinner while those where there are greater loads are thicker. In terms of transmission, both cars are semi-automatically operated. Both can run at a top speed of 50 mph.
Both vehicles will see action in the 2018 Shell Eco Marathon that will be held in Singapore in March.
Best of luck to the DLSU-ECT!