Who we are
Illini EV Concept is a student-run automotive club at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our membership is diverse, with students of all backgrounds in engineering and business. What unites us is a passion for sustainable energy technology and a desire to build the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible. Every year we are challenged by Shell to design, fabricate, and test a fuel efficient car in the Urban Concept category of the Shell Eco-marathon competition. During our 2017-2018 season, we had complications buying a new hydrogen fuel cell and officially changed our club name and fuel source to compete in the battery division instead of the hydrogen division.
Where we compete
We compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Competition, which is held annually at Sonoma Raceway. Shell also hosts competitions in Europe and Asia annually. There are two main division in the Eco-marathon: Urban Concept and Prototype. The car competes in the Urban Concept division, meaning we try to create a vehicle that we could see on the road in 5 to 10 years. For each division there are several fuel classes. Our car competes in the battery powered class of the Urban Concept division.
For more information, check out Shell’s Eco-marathon page.
We seek to produce an outstanding vehicle that is not only competitive in the competition but innovative in the automotive industry as a whole. In addition to this, our goal is to win our division at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, and then advance to the Driver’s World Championship in London. For yearly highlights, check out the Cars page.