Supermileage at NIU
The Northern Illinois University Supermileage Team is a student run collegiate design team focused on designing, manufacturing, and testing vehicles that achieve the highest energy-efficiency possible. Started in 2008, we have proven time and time again that our ultra-efficient vehicles are among the best in their respective classes.
In 2018, our Gasoline Prototype Vehicle achieved 1888 mpg and achieved a global second place finish as well as the endurance award at SAE Supermileage Int'l.
In 2019, we took 1st place at the Shell Eco-Marathon out of 30 teams for 8 countries.
In 2020, we further developed our gas prototype and finished our battery-electric prototype vehicles, but competitions were cancelled due to COVID-19.
NIU Supermileage is operated entirely by undergraduate students, pulling from a range of years and majors, operating under the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. We meet twice week to get our vehicles ready for competition, starting from the ground up, with in-house designing all the way to machining our final components. The team is currently in its 12th year of operation after starting as a senior design project. In addition to our competitions, we also attend numerous events around the Northern Illinois area to market our team, promote energy efficiency, and represent the university to industry leaders, alumni, and prospective students.