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Find out which Shell Eco-marathon teams won the Pitch the Future challenges with their innovative ideas and watch the virtual awards ceremony.

Discover the Ecocar UNICAMP team’s mobile app that is designed to improve the efficiency of electric vehicle travel.

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Team Ecocar UNICAMP : Pitch the Future | Shell Eco-marathon

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Title: Session #12 - Ecocar UNICAMP

Duration: 2:01 minutes

Description: 

Six members of team Ecocar UNICAMP reflect on motivations behind the Pitch the Future the project and some of the challenges it presented.

Session #12 - Ecocar UNICAMP Transcript

[Background music plays]

A driving soft rock piano-led rendition of the Shell theme begins.

[Animated sequence]

A 3D mechanism of horizontal platforms, revolving, interlocking, yellow and blue cogs and cylinders of different sizes serves as the background for all subsequent webcam footage.

[Video footage]

Rapidly changing webcam footage of team members, each speaking a word from the opening sentence in turn.

[Team Member 1]

Hi!

[Team Member 2]

We.

[Team Member 3]

Are.

[Team Member 4]

Team.

[Team Member 5]

Ecocar.

[Team Member 6]

Unicamp!

[Subtitles]

Hi! We are team Ecocar UNICAMP!

[Video footage]

Six webcams displaying six team members, all waving and smiling.

[Animated Sequence]

Yellow, blue and grey bars slide across from the left, obscuring the footage. A turquoise background appears, with stylised text, the white solid-block letters of the first two words seeming to develop on a draftsman’s board or architectural plan. Two further words appear, consisting of larger hollow letters with a thick outline, through which a series of gaps run from left to right, first appearing to create the letters, then producing a flickering effect. The final line of text appears in expanding yellow letters. Faint lines of parallel pale blue dots appear, gently undulating as if on a submerged surface in the background.

[Text displays]

Pitch The Future

Electric Mobility - Long Distance Travel With Electric Vehicles With Shell Recharge

[Animated Sequence]

The text swivels forwards and disappears. More appears, the first two lines in larger yellow letters, and the third in white.

[Text displays]

Team Ecocar

Unicamp

Brazil

[Animated Sequence]

The coloured bars slide across again to reveal Team Member 3 speaking via webcam centre screen, then all six webcams as the others listen while Team Member 2 speaks.

[Team Member 3]

Our team was founded in 2004.

[Subtitles]

Our team was founded in 2004.

[Video footage]

Alternating between Team Member 2 speaking via webcam, and a picture of the Ecocar Unicamp team posing with a team banner against a yellow backdrop printed with a recurring motif of the Shell pecten and Eco-Marathon logos.

[Team Member 2]

Our team is composed of members from different courses. Some of them are undergraduate students from administration, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and even social communication.

[Subtitles]

Our team is composed of members from different courses. Some of them are undergraduate students from administration, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and even social communication.

[Video footage]

Team Member 5 speaking via webcam.

[Graphic displays]

A winding road snakes downwards with location pins dotted along it. Overlaid is a translucent orange text box with a two-item checklist, each item ticked.

[Text displays]

*Team Pitch Video

Priority

The shortest time possible

The lowest CO2 emissions

[Animated sequence]

A cartoon image of people celebrating on a road in front of a city background. In one overlaid white circle, the hand of two different people hold the male and female ends of cables, as if to connect them. A second white circle emerges on the right, depicting a hexagonal stop sign.

[Team Member 5]

Our Pitch the Future idea was, designing an app to help electric vehicle owners on taking more sustainable and efficient routes.

[Subtitles]

Our Pitch the Future idea was, designing an app to help electric vehicle owners on taking more sustainable and efficient routes.

[Animated sequence]

A map of South America, focused on Brazil. Two pins appear above and below a stop sign symbol, as the map slides down, and the higher pin sits over Venezuela. The map slides up again, the symbols disappear and three white circles containing symbols emerge across the centre of the screen: A cloud and sun, clock hands surrounded by a counter-clockwise arrow, and a CO2 symbol with leaves attached. All six webcams appear over the background of revolving cogs.

[Video footage]

All of the other team members listening whilst Team Member 5 speaks, then only Team Member 5 speaking.

[Team Member 5]

We chose to take part in Pitch the Future because the purpose of our team is to bring a sustainable economy to the future, mainly in urban mobility.

[Subtitles]

We chose to take part in Pitch the Future because the purpose of our team is to bring a sustainable economy to the future, mainly in urban mobility.

[Video footage]

Team Member 6 speaking via webcam.

[Animated sequence]

A fast time-lapse montage of the project in development, featuring the title being typed in a word processing document, then maps with columns of countries and stats in spreadsheets, Google Maps images of Central America, data laid out in colourful spreadsheets, and sections of highlighted text with graphs and tracked changes. A window in the bottom-right corner displays team members speaking in turn as they discuss the project. All six webcams appear over the background of revolving cogs.

[Video footage]

All of the other team members listening whilst Team Member 6 speaks.

[Team Member 6]

Solving the current problems of placing electric vehicles on the market isn’t an easy task, so I think, the biggest challenge for our team in this competition was the development of the main idea. We spent nights thinking about how to do this.

[Subtitles]

Solving the current problems of placing electric vehicles on the market isn’t an easy task, so I think, the biggest challenge for our team in this competition was the development of the main idea. We spent nights thinking about how to do this.

[Animated Sequence]

Blue, grey and yellow bars slide upwards, obscuring the webcams to reveal a yellow screen with the same undulating parallel lines of pale dots in the background. Solid grey text emerges in the centre.

[Text displays]

What Has Your Team Learned?

[Animated Sequence]

Blue and grey bars slide upwards to reveal the six webcams.

[Video footage]

Alternating between all six team members, five listening, and Team Member 1 only, as Team Member 1 speaks.

[Text displays]

*Team Pitch Video

[Animated Sequence]

A world map with certain countries in different colours. Three white circles containing cartoon illustrations emerge from left to right, first, with the same image of two hands about to connect a cable shown previously, then three rows of three people, and thirdly, a person on a laptop and someone in the background using a giant smartphone more than twice their size that is displaying zeros and ones. The circles disappear, and three more appear in succession, first, containing a solar PV panel and the Sun behind, along with a zig-zag energy symbol in a circle. Secondly, a parking lot with a car connected to an electric charging point with solar panels on lamp posts behind, and, thirdly, the same cloud and sun motif shown previously.

[Team Member 5]

One thing we’ve learned about this project was the importance of teamwork. Since we are trying to create a really different and creative solution, the different approaches and ideas, and the research that our teammates do, all adds up to a different result that can make a real impact in the world.

[Subtitles]

One thing we’ve learned about this project was the importance of teamwork. Since we are trying to create a really different and creative solution, the different approaches and ideas, and the research that our teammates do, all adds up to a different result that can make a real impact in the world.

[Animated Sequence]

Blue, grey and yellow bars slide upwards, obscuring the webcams to reveal a yellow screen with the same parallel lines of pale undulating dots in the background. Solid grey text emerges in the centre.

[Text displays]

Why Are You Proud Of Your Team?

[Animated Sequence]

Blue and grey bars slide upwards to reveal footage from one webcam with the animated rotating cogs in the background.

[Video footage]

Alternate footage of Team Member 3 speaking only, then all six team members, five listening, and a still shot of frames from 15 webcam feeds featuring all six, plus other team members.

[Team Member 5]

We are very proud of our achievement because everybody was working really hard to deliver a great submission, and we were all going through our exams, so we were very stressed. We also believe that this experience brought us together and made our team even stronger, because it has been a troubling year, due to the pandemic situation, and we have barely seen each other in person.

[Subtitles]

We are very proud of our achievement because everybody was working really hard to deliver a great submission, and we were all going through our exams, so we were very stressed. We also believe that this experience brought us together and made our team even stronger, because it has been a troubling year, due to the pandemic situation and we have barely seen each other in person.

[Animated Sequence]

Blue, grey and yellow bars slide upwards, obscuring the webcams to reveal a yellow screen with the same undulating parallel lines of pale dots in the background. Solid grey text emerges in the centre.

[Text displays]

3 Words You Think Best Describe Pitch The Future?

[Animated Sequence]

Blue and grey bars slide upwards to reveal footage from one webcam with the animated rotating cogs in the background.

[Video footage]

Alternate footage of Team Member 2 speaking, and all six team members, five listening to her via webcams.

[Team Member 5]

Creative, challenging, futurist.

[Subtitles]

Creative, challenging, futurist.

[Video footage]

All six team members waving and smiling via webcams.

[Background music plays]

The Shell jingle on piano.

[Animated Sequence]

A full-screen view of the background theme, platforms of animated revolving cogs. A red disk gyrates within a hole in one cog. The Shell pecten is centre-screen above two lines of text. The first line disappears as it slides upwards to reveal more.

[Text displays]

#ShellEcoMarathon

© Shell International Limited 2020

With CO2 emissions top of mind, the Ecocar UNICAMP team designed a mobile app to help optimise electric vehicle (EV) travel between Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Toronto in Canada.

The app – ECOTRIP – was based on parameters and conditions that are often obstacles for EVs when crossing long distances, considering important factors such as:

  • Temperature
  • Carbon Emissions
  • Recharging Speed
  • Travel Range

From this information, the app calculates routes that efficiently balance both travel time and carbon emissions, leveraging GPS to access a database of charging point locations and API to obtain real-time emission values of each city’s energy sources and average temperatures. Combining the two helps to ensure a short journey that also makes a low environmental impact.

In terms of usability, the app first asks for the user’s preferences in terms of whether they would rather prioritise travel time, CO2 emissions or distance travelled. Projections are then made by the app to identify the impact of battery temperature on overall performance.

Using the Brazil to Canada journey as an example, the team shows how the ECOTRIP app optimises its route based on the:

  • Speed of charging systems
  • Overall environmental impact
  • Makeup of locations travelled through (in terms of the facilities they may offer the driver)

The app is also capable of measuring carbon dioxide emissions at each stage of the journey, based on the local emission factor of production and consumption of energy. While it alerts the user to how many kilograms of carbon dioxide will be issued based on the recharge needed at each supply point.

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