Yildiz Technical University, in the category of hydromobile and autonomous vehicles and Istanbul Aydin University, in the category of electromobile vehicles have come first.
“The Electric Vehicle Efficiency Challenge” of which the 14th has been organized by the Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK) ended. In the Electric Vehicle Efficiency Challenge which was realized on the Korfez Racecourse, 39 vehicles in the category of electromobile vehicles and 8 vehicles in the category of hydromobile vehicles competed to win. While in the category of electromobile vehicles, Istanbul Aydin University has come first, in the category of hydromobile and autonomous vehicles Yildiz Technical University has ranked first. In the category of electromobile and hydromobile vehicles where vehicles competed to be the least energy consuming and most efficient, 25 thousand Turkish Liras have been given to the teams which came first and 15 thousand Turkish Liras have been given to the winner of the autonomous vehicles category.
“The Category of ‘Autonomous’ Has Been Added to this Year’s Challenge for the First Time”
Within the framework of the Electric Vehicle Efficiency Challenge, the prizes were given to the winning teams in a ceremony with the participation of Prof. Hasan Mandal, President of TÜBİTAK. Prof. Hasan Mandal, President of TÜBİTAK, mentioned in his speech that 39 universities took part in this organization after providing all the competences. Prof. Mandal, who congratulated all the participating students of the challenge, said that the challenges had winners but not the losers. Prof. Mandal who reflected that these efficiency challenges, which were initiated 14 years ago to create awareness and enthusiasm among the young people have now become a need in a process where alternative energy has developed worldwide. He also said that they added the category of “Autonomous” for the first time to this year’s challenge. Prof. Mandal, stressing that the young people have to carry the experience that they get here beyond this challenge and said “We need to discuss the technologies developed here at the levels of design and production. We have to evaluate this more within the framework of our country’s key concepts which are national.”
“We Will Have More Works with the Nationality Essentials in the Challenges that Will Be Organized Next Year”
Prof. Mandal who stressed that the foremost one of Turkey’s 2023 targets is to be among the world’s first 10 big economies and stated that to succeed this the most important key is the qualified human resource. President of TÜBİTAK said that “the standard production methods are no more important but the innovative approaches like you have done by managing, developing, succeeding together are essential. A must of this is human resource. Today, the most important power is to have qualified human resource. The process that you have experienced here will also contribute crucially to our process of creating qualified human resource.”
Prof. Mandal, referring to the changes that will be made in next year’s challenge, stated: “We have to use in one way the experiences that you got in this challenge in the areas that our country need. We will work for this. This year, in the process of autonomous vehicles that we have started first time, we will carry it to more definitive and more excited categorization. Next year, we will definitely have more studies to bring national processes to forefront. “
Following the speeches, Prof. Mandal; Zekeriya Özak, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Acting Mayor; Prof. İbrahim Kılıçaslan, President of TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Centre and Assoc. Prof. İlker Murat Ar, Advisor to President of TÜBİTAK who participated also to the program offered their prizes to the teams ranking the highest.