Photograph courtesy BLUe- Team
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Car Name: BLUe- (Battery Electric Urban Prototype category)
What is special about your car? We are a team of six students from Ecole Polytechnique de Bruxelles's electromechanical engineering section. A very low budget team, running with only electricity. We compete in the Belgian Eco-marathon and since this year, Shell Eco-marathon Europe! Our car traveled almost 300 km/kWh, a performance achieved through very good strategy and important fine tuning of the car.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? It is at the heart of the next transport revolution, forming engineers in that field—to optimize machine's efficiency is the challenge of tomorrow!
Who or what inspired you on the way to the Eco-marathon? Our inspiration was our own desire of competing with the finest teams for the first time! It kept us motivated working long hours all year long.
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