Photograph courtesy Zenith Team
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: UTBM (France)
Car Name: ZE-02 (Hydrogen Prototype category)
What is special about your car? The ZE-02 is a Hydrogen Fuel Cell car, makeing it a highly fuel efficient vehicle! It is very lightweight and was handmade and designed by students and students only. The chassis and hull are both made of thin resistant carbon fiber and consolidated by a beehive structure covering about 30% of the inner surface of the car.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? In a world expanding at an unprecedente rate, the amount of carbon emissions too has expanded, taking a toll on the environment. We believe reducing greenhouse gas emissions is extremely important, because it would not only help save the environment from its bleak looking fate, but it would also reduce our dependency on resources like oil, which have many different, non-fuel related uses.
Who or what inspired you on the way to the Eco-marathon? Shell Eco marathon has been a tradition in our school since 1995 and every student is free to participate, so it was our individual choices that led us to the marathon. Our main motivation is helping the environment, but most of all, being able to work so hard with a team comprised of only students, facing the same difficulties and helping each other out when we can.
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