How many members does the Hydromotive team consist of?

In the 2022-2023 year, the team has 12 second-year Automotive engineering students, but this number of students varies from year to year.

How many study points (ec’s) do I get for this project?

Participation in the Hydromotive team is equivalent to the two regular projects Gravity racer and the HAN eco-marathon, so 8 + 10 = 18 credits

What language is mainly used in the team?

The Hydromotive team consists of students from both the Dutch and English courses. This makes the working language within the Hydromotive team English, just like with the other (non-regular) projects. All of the written reports and presentations are given in English.

Is there a team area?

Yes, there is a space of approximately 30m2 available within the HAN. Here is the car, tables with computers and workbenches with tools. Of these, the team gets 2 keys to be able to enter at any time. In addition, an extra room is reserved on project days to be able to write reports and do research work.

What is the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM)?

Every year, Shell holds a race in Europe where everything revolves around efficiency and economy. Within the race, a distinction is made between different classes such as prototype and Urban concept, but also within the different fuels: combustion engines, fully electric and hydrogen. The Hydromotive team is participating in the Urban concept hydrogen class. Simply put: whoever drives the most economically wins the race. In addition, there are other (off-track) awards such as best design and best communication.

When is the Shell Eco Marathon?

The Shell Eco-marathon is usually held at the end of the school year, around May or June. So there is an entire school year to work on the car. When the time comes, the team heads to the appropriate track to race against 150 other student teams! This year the race is the 20th of may.

What are the different sub teams

There are 4 sub teams: Commercial, Powertrain, Body&Chassis and Brakes&Suspension. Within the commercial sub team there are 3 roles: team manager, sponsor manager (2x) and a marketing manager. Every technical sub team has a sub-team manager.

Can I be in multiple sub teams?

You will start of in one sub team. What we have seen over the years is that halfway through the year team members get swapped around or taken away from one sub team to be added at another. If you start of in a sub team but you realise this is nothing for you then you can speak to the team manager and your tutors and see if you can swab.

Who are the tutors for this project?

Jaap Janssens and Edwin Kemper supervise the project. Jaap is the technical expert for the Brakes&Suspension and Body&Chassis sub-teams and Edwin the expert for the commercial and powertrain teams. In addition, many other teachers help with expertise in electronics, hydrogen and constructions. Furthermore, the students have a lot of freedom to give their own direction to the project. 

How time consuming is this project?

This project takes a little more time than an average project. You will no doubt be working on this project in your spare time, especially if the time pressure is high right before the race. This is also cool, you find out what it's like to work in a team that is all fighting for the same goal. The extra time you put into this project will give you your 40-hour activity.

How much time does the HAN allocate for this project?

Just like the regular school project this will be 1 day in semester 3 and in semester 4 this will be 2 full days.

Do we have to write reports for this project too?

Yes. The project starts by writing a Plan of approach (just like any project). This needs to be approved and will be graded. Halfway through the project you will reflect on this plan of approach. For the technical teams the decision you make will have to be explained by calculations and comparisons. This project is definitely not all about written reports, significantly less than the regular projects.