The saviour of driv­ing in the city?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - MOTORS -

SHELL un­veiled a con­cept city car on Fri­day which, if it were ever to go into pro­duc­tion, could de­liver ma­te­rial re­duc­tions in en­ergy use in the road trans­port sec­tor.

The three-seater 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 ve­hi­cle body, en­gine de­sign and lu­bri­cants are all cre­ated to­gether.

In­de­pen­dent test­ing and a rig­or­ous life-cy­cle study shows that Shell’s Con­cept Car would de­liver a 34% re­duc­tion in pri­mary en­ergy use over its en­tire life­cy­cle when com­pared to a typ­i­cal city car avail­able in the UK. The Shell Con­cept Car would use around half the en­ergy re­quired to build and run than a typ­i­cal small fam­ily car avail­able in the UK and 69% less than that of a typ­i­cal sports util­ity ve­hi­cle avail­able in the UK

The Shell Con­cept Car is a to­tal re­think of the Gor­don Murray De­sign T.25 city car pro­duced in 2010 for which Shell pro­duced a pro­to­type oil to im­prove the ve­hi­cle’s en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. The new car is the re­sult of a co- en­gi­neer­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween world lead­ing ve­hi­cle, en­gine and lu­bri­cant de­sign­ers, with each of the three elements of the ve­hi­cle tai­lored to work op­ti­mally with each other. It takes a holis­tic view on en­ergy re­duc­tion fo­cus­ing on de­sign ma­te­rial se­lec­tion; re­duced en­ergy de­mand via ag­gres­sive down­siz­ing, and stream­lin­ing while en­hanc­ing the ef­fi­ciency of en­ergy de­liv­ery through in­no­va­tive en­gine de­sign and lu­bri­cant for­mu­la­tion to min­imise the im­pact in terms of over­all en­ergy life­cy­cle use.

Tests on fuel use show the equiv­a­lent to a 5% im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency com­pared to stan­dard lu­bri­cants avail­able in the UK.

Mark Gains­bor­ough, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice-President of Shell’s global lu­bri­cants busi­nesses which backed the project said, “This is a sig­nif­i­cant au­to­mo­bile en­gi­neer­ing mile­stone. I’m very proud of what Shell’s sci­en­tists and their part­ners at Geo Tech­nol­ogy and Gor­don Murray De­sign have achieved. In­sights gained from this project could be trans­for­ma­tional in terms of how we ad­dress en­ergy use in the road trans­port sec­tor. E

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

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