Shell Eco-Marathon Asia (SEMA)



Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car.

The annual competition brings student teams from all over Asia to the track to see who goes further on the least amount of fuel.

The Competition


The competition dates back to 1939 when Shell Oil Company employees in the USA made a friendly wager over who could travel furthest on the same amount of fuel. Since then it has expanded to two more continents, includes many energy types and sparks passionate debate around the future of energy and mobility.


The competition is split into two classes or categories. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency, while passenger comfort takes a back seat. The UrbanConcept class encourages more practical designs. Cars are also divided by energy type, with a choice of 3 categories; Natural Gas, Gasoline and Electronic Fuel Cells.


Over several days, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the furthest on the equivalent of one litre of fuel. Cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed. Organisers calculate their energy efficiency and name a winner in each class and for each energy source. Off-track awards recognise other achievements including safety, teamwork and design.




Team PNEC-NUST is a group of talented and hard working students from one of the most prestigious universities of Pakistan; National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).

The Team has been representing Pakistan on this international platform since 2009 and is, proudly, the oldest International Team from the country.

The Team


We design and fabricate light weight, eco-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles. Our cars are designed to the highest of specifications with intricate attention to detail to ensure maximum fuel efficiency in a light weight chassis that performs in the toughest of situations. They are some of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the country with mileages of up to 76 Km/l.


Our Team participates in the coveted Shell Eco Marathon Asia (SEMA) organised each year by Shell Motor Oils Ltd along with other International and National Level competitions. Our vehicles have had the honor of being amongst the Top 15 most fuel-efficient vehicles in all of Asia since 2009.


We were the first Team from Pakistan to participate in any International Motor-Vehicle related competition, and are currently the oldest International Student Team in the country. Having won numerous International and Local Awards over the years we currently hold the honor of being the only  Team from the country to participate in Shell Eco Marathon Europe (SEME).