University of Limoges E-Volution Eco-marathon

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Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest

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School: University of Limoges (France)

Team: Elect-Road Synergy

Car Name: E-Volution (Battery Electric Prototype category)

What is special about your car? Our vehicle is special because of its design. Contrary to other prototypes, teams which have expensive carbon fiber vehicle, ours cost only 5,500 Euro and is made of wood and aluminum. But, in spite of its looks and price, we ranked eighth during Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2013. Moreover, our vehicle crashed during the first attempt. But, after six hours of work, our vehicle was completely repaired. Finally, we won the Eco-Design award because of the design, which is clean, simple and lightweight. We efficiently use the minimum amount of materials which, in turn, minimizes energy consumption and simplifies maintenance.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Fuel efficiency will be a major issue in the coming decades. How to move, which energy to use and how to use it will be the main questions of travelling. Thinking about how we can reduce the consumption of fuel now is the only way to change our habits and would be the beginning of an energy saving conscience. For our team, to think about the incoming challenge around energy and mobility is really important. If everybody try to find solutions to reduce fuel consumption, an answer will be found before the point of no return.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? Every little boy likes cars. Thinking that we can build a car and try it in a race is like a child's dream. But the main reason is that we think environment and driving have to be linked. For us, to be able to move and to be eco-friendly will be meaningful in the next decades. Eco-marathon is the occasion for our team to link our theoretical classes with a concrete thing. We want to compare our skills and ideas with other team of Europe too.

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