About our team
The history of the HAN Hydromotive has been going on for over a decade. In 2009 a couple of students were so enthusiastic about the end of the school project HAN Eco-Marathon that they wanted to compete in the race. They have started the Hydromotive and have been putting all of their effort in it.
Arval Inspire I
From 2010 to 2012 the student team has competed with the first car: the Arval Inspire I. This vehicle was made out of wood. Because of the lack of time and experience with hydrogen back then the team has competed in the category gasoline. The years after the first edition they changed the category to hydrogen. The best result with this vehicle is a third place in the 2011 Shell Eco-Marathon in Lausitz: they drove 602 kilometer on one liter!
Arval Inspire II
From 2013 to 2015 the team has competed with their second vehicle: the Arval Inspire II. Over the years, the techniques have been improved. That's why there have been more background studies on building the car. The Inspire II is developped in 3D and completely out of composites. During the construction we kept in mind a couple of goals we set for ourselves. One of those was to get the Arval Inspire II legal for driving in the streets. We have proven that students can make an extremely economic car for the Dutch roads.
The second goal was to make our car suitable for two people. The best result with this car was a third place in the 2014 Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam. We drove 510 kilometers on one liter.
ABN AMRO Lease Accelerator
From 2016 we competed with a third car: the ABN AMRO Lease Accelerator. With this vehicle we drove 570 kilometers on 1 liter. By continuing the development in the second year, we had an even better result. Unfortunately, due to technical issues there has been no result in that year.
In 2019 there was another succes story: a third place! We drove 692 kilometers on 1 liter. This was thanks to our new car: the HM10. For the tenth edition this vehicle was armed with a new energy management system. This car also had a new body and a new chassis.
My name is Roy Veer, I am 21 years old and I live with my parents in Leersum. At the MAVO I chose for direction technology with an extra subject in economics, because I do not only like technology but I also like the organization around it. After my MAVO I continued to study at the MBO for Technical specialist passenger cars. I had a great time there, but I still wanted more, so I chose to study automotive at the HAN. Despite my technical background, I will nevertheless move towards to the commercial side, because I find the technology in combination with managing very interesting. I would like to develop myself further in this.
I wanted to be part of the Hydromotive team, because it seems to be a great experience and a challenge to achieve a good result with a group of motivated students. I also think it is great that you can participate in a project of the future, because the current future image of many is still focused on hydrogen.
I am very happy that I can fulfil the role of team manager, because I really enjoy working with technology and management. With this role I can exercise both my passions and contribute in every position.
Public Relations & Events
My name is Elisa Gerritsen, 20 years old and I am living in Heelsum. When I finished my pre-university education, focused on technology, I did not know yet what I wanted to study. After studying mechanical engineering in Utrecht for one year, I decided that this course was not specific enough for me. Judging by my interest in technology and cars, I finally found the study Automotive Engineering. This was definitely the right choice.
Being part of the Hydromotive team is a unique possibility to develop myself on the subject of group projects. Also, you get to work together with a lot of motivated students who all have the same goal: winning the Shell Eco Marathon! Furthermore, I hope to learn a lot of the commercial organization behind the automotive industry and contribute to sustainability within this branch.
Public Relations & Financial Manager
My name is Giovanni Pels, 21 years old. I was born in Zutphen, in the Netherlands. Currently I am living in Giesbeek. Before I started at Automotive, I succeeded my pre-university education, with a technical aspect. After hesitating to going to university, I chose to start in Applied Sciences, because of the practical aspects. The enormous amount of development and the shift to sustainable energy sources really got my attention.
I wanted to be part of the Hydromotive team, because I can support the shift to sustainability in the Automotive industry with a group of extremely motivated students. With Hydromotive we are all part of the mission to renewable energy sources. Besides that, I want to improve my own skillset and to convince everyone of our mission. Together with the team I really want to reach our goal to achieve the best possible result in the Shell Eco Marathon!
My name is Remco Schut, 19 years old. I have been born and raised in Gendt, the Netherlands. Since childhood I have had an interest in cars. In the last few years my interest for the automotive technology became bigger and bigger, and that is why I chose Automotive Engineering at HAN University of Sciences. After I finished Higher General Secondary Education with an economy & society direction, I took a gap year where I completed Mathematics-B and Physics to prepare myself for this study. I am very happy that I made this choice.
I wanted to join the Hydromotive commercial team, because I wanted to learn more about the commercial aspect of the automotive industry. Moreover, hydrogen is an interesting alternative to fossil fuels, and I want to contribute to its development. It is a honour to be this year’s Hydromotive marketing manager. My goal is to spread the word that the team is more than willing to win the competition this year!
Julian van Os
Engineer Body & Chassis
I am Julian van Os, 20 years old and I am an engineer at Hydromotive. I fulfil this task within the Body & Chassis sub-team.
Before I started studying at HAN I got my Higher General Secondary Education certificate. When I'm not studying, I work on my bike, a Yamaha xj600s from '91. Since I was young I was interested in technology and started working with my hands, so I decided to start the refurbishment project of my bike.
Participating in the Hydromotive project is the ideal opportunity for me to put the theoretics into practice. It is also more challenging than regular projects, which results in a close team of motivated students. In addition, I want to learn more about technical drawing and I hope to achieve that with the Body & Chassis team. After my study, my ambition is to look for work in the field of structural design in the automotive industry. That's where my passion is.
Engineer Body & Chassis
My name is Daan Willemsen, 20 years old and this year I will take part of the Body & Chassis subteam. Since childhood I was interested in technology. Together with my love for cars, it was obvious that I wanted to study Automotive. When I finished my Pre-university education I went to the HAN. The study Automotive at the HAN suits me well, because I think it is the perfect combination between practice and theory.
I chose Hydromotive, because it offers a great challenge concerning my chosen subteam. I chose the Body & Chassis subteam, because I think this discipline is very interesting and I would like to develop myself in this. Hydromotive is also a good opportunity to learn working with a team in a project-based way, like they do at companies. This combined with a competitive twist makes me look forward to fighting for the victory this year!
Engineer Body & Chassis
I am Jeffrey Coumans, 19 years old, live in Ede and fulfil the role of engineer Body & Chassis within the Hydromotive Team. Before I started studying Automotive I finished Higher General Secondary Education.
I chose the Hydromotive Team, because this project offers a great challenge with better techniques than a regular school project. At the Body & Chassis subteam I can develop further in the field of what I find interesting. This year I help with improving the body and the chassis from the car. I also have a great passion for new complex techniques and there will be no shortage of them in this project.
Martijn de Jong
Engineer Brakes & Suspension
Hello, my name is Martijn De Jong. I am 19 years old and I live in Gelderland. I am currently in the second year of the Automotive study at the HAN University of Applied Science. Before I started this study I went to a pre-university school, CSG Het Streek, in Ede. During this study I did Technasium. I have used a lot of practical thinking during Technasium that I can use in this year’s project.
I hope to learn a lot about hydrogen cars and how they work. I also hope to learn a lot about every other aspect in a car. This year I want to improve a lot on the car and that we can produce a result to be proud of.
Engineer Brakes & Suspension
Hello, my name is Lars Poos. I am 20 years old and come from Leeuwarden. I started the Bachelor Automotive at HAN last year. Before this I completed the MBO First mechanic factory cars in Groningen. During my internship periods at the MBO, I found out that working in a car garage is not challenging enough for me and that I wanted to continue studying. That is why I chose the Automotive study.
I wanted to participate in this project, because I think that hydrogen is a technology for the future. Therefore, I hope that we learn more about this technique this year, and that we can improve the car and achieve a good result. Thanks to my MBO training, I have gained a lot of practical experience and therefore think that I am a nice addition to the team.
Engineer Brakes & Suspension
My name is Tomas Wiendels, 20 years old and I am living in Groessen, a small village near Arnhem. Before I was studying at the HAN I passed my exam on Higher General Secondary Education at the Candea College in Duiven. When I was a little boy I developed a great passion for cars and I wanted to use my passion to work on my carrier in this industry. That’s why I chose Automotive at the HAN in Arnhem as the next stop in my career.
I was getting more and more interested in school, and because of that I came on this amazing project where I can now say that I am a proud member of this team. I am looking forward to work with my fifteen other team members to make the best out of this project and to go for victory at the end of this journey.
The challenges I will see in this project: Good and great teamwork with my teammates, bringing the well-studied theory into the practical world, working with clients and production company’s and of course cope with setbacks end pressure.
Hi, my name is Daniël Adney, I'm 19 years old and I'm from Amsterdam. I've always had a passion for cars and their specific ways of engineering. That's the main reason why I chose for the HAN Automotive study. I took a year off before I started at the HAN, explored the world a little bit. Something I learned was that I would like to be able to make a difference in countries where the modern day technology in cars is not as developed as we are used to here.
I was really interested when they introduced the Hydromotive team. Working on a car with a team for a whole year can only come with good things. I'm really curious how this year is going to be and I hope we'll come up with some great results.
Mark van den Tol
My name is Mark van den Tol, 21 years old and I live in Putten.
The passion for automotive technology was already there when I was young, so I started the technical specialist training at the ROC Aventus in Apeldoorn. After this training I wanted to learn more about the innovation and engineering in the Automotive industry, which is why I started my HBO education at HAN Automotive.
This school year I started the 2nd year of my study at HAN Automotive. During my previous training, I already gained knowledge of hydrogen through a hydrogen endurance project, which gave me an increasing interest in hydrogen technology. Because of this, I signed up for the Hydromotive team and I am gleeful to be part of the sub-team "powertrain".
I’m Remco Engels, 21 years old and living in Gemert.
I’ve always been interested in technology. In my spare time, I usually work on my race simulator or race with it. Or else, tinkering on or racing with my RC cars.
When I was studying on VMBO, at some point I could choose a “Science” course, which made me immediately enthusiastic. After VMBO, I went to MBO to study Automotive Engineering where I was given my first technical challenges. During this period, I had the opportunity to join the Shell Eco Marathon team, where I was responsible for the fuel cell.
Why I wanted to join the Hydromotive team? To apply my previous experience on fuel cells and, where possible, get more experience. And, of course, going for gold!!!
My name is Hugo Beverdam and I’m 21 years old. I was born and raised in Zwolle, and I still live there with my parents and my 2 brothers.
I’ve always had a passion for cars and this is the reason why I chose an Automotive MBO study. Half way this study I realized that it was not what I wanted to do for the rest of my live. This is why I made the decision to go to the HAN and follow the automotive study. When the opportunity came around to be part of a Hydromotive team, I had to be in it. I applied to the team because I always had an interest in a hydro oxygen car, but I never had the chance to work with one.
I’m looking forward to work together as a team and to achieve a good result at the Shell Eco-Marathon.
My name is Duke Swinkels. I’m 20 years old and I was born and grown up in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Before I started the study Automotive Engineering at HAN, I completed the study ‘’Technical Specialist Passenger cars’’ at the ROC in Nieuwegein. Since I was 5 years old, I’ve been working on my dad’s old Volkswagen bus. Since then I’ve been interested in cars.
When I saw the HAN Hydromotive presentation I was immediately sold. I really think hydrogen is the future and I would like to improve my hydrogen knowledge. I’m very proud to be part of this team and I am very curious what we can accomplish this year.
My name is Wim Windt, 21 years old and I live in Deventer. First I studied to become a technical specialist. After I completed the study I chose to study further at the HAN. I always want to give everything I’m capable of, so when I saw the hydromotive team I knew I wanted to be part of the team. During the project I hope to learn more about endurability and all the associated developments. The project will also get you in touch with a lot of specialists and companies, I hope to stay in touch for the future and learn as much as possible.
All the other students I’m going to work with are all motivated. So I hope to learn from them and also make it a year with a lot of fun. If everything goes right and hopefully we can say there is no corona pandemic anymore, we can set a nice result. Because, how often do you get the chance to participate in the Shell Eco-marathon with a hydrogen car?
Selma van Loon
I am Selma van Loon, 30 years old and born in Nijmegen. I have been working at HAN as a teacher for 6 years. I studied business administration at the University of Nijmegen. This year I supervise the Hydromotive team for the fourth time. Because of my background I mainly help the commercial sub-team. Hydromotive always attracts motivated students and that is a lot of fun to work with. In the end, of course, I want to win just as much as the students do!
My name is Jaap Janssens, 33 years old and I live in Huissen. I once started as a student at HAN Automotive and have been working as a teacher for the past 9 years. As a teacher I give the following subjects: CAD, production drawings, finite elements, mechanics of composites and sandwich constructions. I mainly supervise the technical sub-teams and really enjoy doing this. Together with teaching, it is one of the best parts of my job. It is always great to see how the students experience it when their designs come to life. We finished third last year, but there was still a lot to improve on our vehicle. So this year we have the opportunity to achieve an even better results!