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School: University of Applied Sciences from Arnhem and Nijmegen (Netherlands)

Team: HAN Hydromotive

Car Name: Arval Inspire II (Hydrogen Urban Concept category)

What is special about your car? Our mission is to show the public that with today's technology, hyper-efficient personal mobility is possible now! Our two-seater car is therefore designed for a street legal license (to be achieved in 2014). This means the car will have to meet more technical and safety requirements than is strictly necessary for Shell Eco-marathon. The best fuel consumption is therefore not our goal, but a top five position in our category is. This year we've proven that it's possible to achieve this with a fourth place and a consumption of 50.23 Km/kWh.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? The world's energy resources are becoming scarce. Mobility is something we don't want to sacrifice so the only way forward is to travel in very fuel-efficient vehicles. In our opinion, hydrogen is the fuel for the near future. It can be produced using natural resources like water, sun and wind. It is also easily transportable to areas that don't have these resources. The emission is water, which can be treated and used for drinking and irrigation for food. So the more we travel, the more drinking water and food we get!

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? We are inspired by the event itself, it is a wonderful gathering of students who show their innovative power and it's a great inspiration for a next generation of engineers (now just kids)! It is also a competition where, off track, teams help each other out when facing problems. In our case we helped Green Team Twente, who is a competitor in our class and a threat to our goal for a top five position. But when they were facing terrible setbacks there was no question in our mind whether to help them, so we did, with a wonderful friendship as result!

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