Photograph by Weber Calixto
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Universidade da Beira Interior (Portugal)
Car Name: UBIAN13 (Gasoline Urban Concept category)
What is special about your car? Our car proposes a new approach on which materials to use on car construction. Everyone worries about the tailpipe emissions, but only a few even think about the associated pollution during the manufacturing process.
We use only recycled and/or ecofriendly materials: Coconut fiber, cotton fabric, cork waste and steel waste.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Alongside population growth, pollution also increases. As more people around the world get access to high-tech manufactured products, the waste generation also increases. This all has a deep impact on our planet (which we all need to live on).
For us, fuel efficiency is a very important concept, that if applied correctly, can have a great impact on the waste reduction and energy consumption challenge. This challenge that we need to surpass in order the let a cleaner, sustainable world for our kids and future generations.
Who or what inspired you on the way to the Eco-marathon? We joined Eco-marathon 13 years ago. We saw in this competition the chance to unite students from several courses: Electromecanical Engineering, Electrotecnical Engineering, Industrial Design, Marketing, Multimedia Design, Aeronautical Engineering.
The teamwork drives us, the possibility to work alongside with teams from all over Europe, with the zero goal inspires us every day.
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