About Us

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. While we have historically competed in the hydrogen fuel cell division, during our 2017-2018 season we officially changed our fuel source and club name to compete in the battery-electric division.

2017-2018 Vehicle

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.

Our goal

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.