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ABN AMRO Lease supports HAN Hydromotive students competing in London’s Shell Eco-marathon


News - 09 June 2016

ABN AMRO Lease is sponsoring students from HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen in participating in the Shell Eco-marathon, to be held in London this summer. On 3rd July the students, who are enrolled in the university’s Hydromotive programme, will be using a hydrogen-powered vehicle they designed themselves. They will be competing against 200 participants from 24 countries, making the Shell Eco-marathon one of Europe’s largest sustainability events.

This race, for which young engineers are challenged to design, build and drive energy-efficient, high-tech vehicles, is not about speed but all about efficiency. The team is currently building an all-new vehicle called The Accelerator, which will be even more lightweight and efficient than in previous years. In creating The Accelerator, project leader Thijs Verbeek and his team are attempting to complete a specific distance within a specific period of time using only a minimum amount of fuel. 

“We would not have been able to take part in the Shell Eco-marathon without the support of ABN AMRO Lease and our other sponsors. This is also a highly educational experience for us, as we are learning a lot about the use of alternative fuels in the process of constructing our vehicle. Since ABN AMRO Lease and its clients also get to benefit from our work, I can only describe this as a win-win situation,” the enthusiastic Verbeek said.

In providing financial support to the project, ABN AMRO Lease is seeking to raise awareness of alternative fuel for vehicles. ABN AMRO Lease CEO Frank Stienstra is proud to be collaborating with the students: “Sustainability is a key part of our long-term strategy, and we are also deeply involved in – and invested in – the transition to sustainable energy. It also goes without saying that we are keen to support young talent, since we are partners in the future together.”

For additional information, please visit: The Shell Eco-marathon will be held in London from 30th June to 3rd July 2016.