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Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Leo-Sympher-Berufskolleg (Germany)
Car Name: LEOpart2.1 (Battery Electric Urban Concept category)
What is special about your car? The concept of our car is focused on daily use, and so it is only consequent, that our car is a four-seater with two doors and a huge boot—a family car with all the necessary safety features. Although we know we won't break any efficiency records we think building a car like this is more realistic and can help to increase the acceptance for fuel efficient mobility.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Due to the fact that a family car cannot be as fuel efficient as a single-seater, we tried to concentrate on limiting the fuel consumption in mixed use, i.e. driving with just one driver, with passenger and even with luggage. At the moment the consumption of our fully-equipped car (two passengers, two dummies, luggage) is less than 25 percent more than that of the car in competition mode (one driver and all the equipment dismounted that is not mandatory).
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? For our team the Shell Eco-marathon is not only challenge and competition, but a way to see how other teams from all over Europe manage to cope with the same technical problems on the way to fuel efficiency.
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