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U of T Supermileage Team to unveil new fleet of super-efficient student-built vehicles

April 14, 2016

U of T’s reigning champs eye Americas-wide record at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon Americas Challenge

Toronto, ON – Imagine driving from Toronto to San Francisco and back on three litres of gasoline. That’s exactly the kind of vehicle a University of Toronto Suoermileage Team, will be unveiling on April 16 along with another battery-electric powered car. It’s all part of the team’s effort to retain its first-place title at the 2016 Shell Eco-marathon Americas (SEMA) challenge, a global fuel-efficiency competition taking place in Detroit, MI from April 22-24, 2016.

Last year, the team came in first place with a vehicle that could go from Toronto to Montreal and back on less than a litre of fuel. This year, Toronto’s next generation of U of T Engineering students have their eyes on surpassing the Americas-wide record of 1,431 kilometres per litre (3,365 miles per gallon). For the first time, the team will also enter a second prototype vehicle, the UT5, in the battery-electric category.

The U of T Supermileage Team will face competition from a number of other Canadian teams entering this year’s Americas competition, including those from the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta, Concordia University, Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke and École de technologie supérieure (ETS).

In advance of the competition, we’d love to host you at U of T for a first-hand glimpse of this year’s gasoline prototype vehicle test drive around the U of T student circle. Video and photo opportunities will be available, and we can also coordinate for you to interview team captain, Mengqi Wang, and driver Kristine Confalone.

WHAT: U of T’s reigning champions of SEMA 2015 will test drive their latest gasoline prototype vehicle model, and unveil their first ever battery-electric vehicle technology at a send-off event at Toronto’s U of T campus.

All media are welcome to attend the event.

WHEN: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Media Availability: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: University of Toronto, Convocation Hall
15 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7, Canada (See map below)

WHO: Interviews are available on site with Mengqi Wang and Kristine Confalone of U of T’s student team.


For more information:

Marit Mitchell
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Office: 416-978-4498
Cell: 647-228-4358


Jessica Kitchen,
Office: 416-849-2839
Cell: 905-767-1955