Qatar Today - - BUSINESS -

Shell has un­veiled a con­cept city car which, if it were ever to go into pro­duc­tion, could de­liver ma­te­rial re­duc­tions in en­ergy use in the road trans­port sec­tor. The three­seater car is tan­gi­ble proof of en­ergy ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments that can be achieved by us­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy avail­able to­day through a process of “co-en­gi­neer­ing” whereby the ve­hi­cle's body, en­gine de­sign and lu­bri­cants are all cre­ated to­gether. In­de­pen­dent test­ing and a rig­or­ous life-cy­cle study show that Shell's Con­cept Car would de­liver a 34% re­duc­tion in pri­mary en­ergy use over its en­tire life cy­cle when com­pared to a typ­i­cal city car avail­able in the UK. It would use around half the en­ergy re­quired to build and run than a typ­i­cal small fam­ily car and 69% less than that of a typ­i­cal sports util­ity ve­hi­cle avail­able in the UK.

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