Friday, 16 May 2014


A car built by Nigerian students of the university of Benin, Edo State has passed the global test for cars. The car called Tuke-Tuke is evidence of the innovativeness of the youth of Nigeria  in the field of technology if given the chance and recognition.

The car has passed international technical evaluation in Rotterdam, Netherlands:
    “Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy efficient vehicles. The winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events spark debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency.

    “All cars are expected to pass a strict technical inspection to check that they are fit for purpose and safe before they are allowed to race.”

A statement by Media Manager of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, Mr Precious Okolobo on Thursday in Abuja, said the car has now qualified to race at the 2014 Eco Marathon in Netherlands with cars from 25 countries, mostly advanced countries.

It said the SPDC Joint Venture (JV) was sponsoring University of Benin and University of Lagos to the event in Dutch city of Rotterdam from May 15 to May 18. The marathon would start on Friday with an opening ceremony and the cars would race for the winning price on Saturday, May 17.

The statement added that two Nigerian universities are participating in the 2014 edition of Shell Eco-marathon Europe, the first teams from Sub-Saharan to enter the global event.

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