Shell explores energy efficiency with concept car

Shell has taken the unusual step of producing a concept car which, were it ever to go into production, could deliver significant energy savings.

Shell say their three-seater car would use 34% less energy when compared with a typical car available now in the UK. The company says it would also only need around half the energy currently required to build a typical small family car.

Shell Concept Car

The Shell Concept Car is a total rethink of the Gordon Murray Design T.25 city car that was produced as a concept in 2010. Shell say it takes a “holistic view on energy reduction”, starting with selection of materials for the design right through to the efficiency of operation through innovative engine design and lubrication.

In tests the concept car has been measured at 107 mpg at 45 mph. The special lubricants produced for the concept are calculated to account for a 5% improvement in fuel efficiency.

“I’m very proud of what Shell’s scientists and their partners at Geo Technology and Gordon Murray Design have achieved,” says Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice-President of Shell’s global lubricants businesses. “Insights gained from this project could be transformational in terms of how we address energy use in the road transport sector. Energy use and climate change are major issues for society.

“This project shows that if we use the best of today’s technology, including cutting edge lubricants science, we could potentially have a major impact on energy use and reduce CO2 emissions. The improvement in economy derived from the collaborative design of engine and lubricant is impressive and highlights the enormous benefits achieved from close relationships between design partners.

“It also shows the powerful role that lubricants can potentially play in helping achieve CO2 reduction targets.”
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