2016 Shell Concept Car
With automakers such as Tesla already selling reliable, fast, and quick-charging electric vehicles, and numerous companies moving closer to launching mass produced hydrogen cars, the industry makes small but firm steps toward phasing out fossil fuels. Sure, it won’t happen anytime soon, but the number of gasoline and diesel powered vehicles could decrease dramatically in a couple of decades. This a scenario that frightens many gas companies, including Shell, which has just unveiled a concept car that aims to prove fossil fuels can still be used efficiently with backing from the right technology.
Developed from Gordon Murray’s (yes, it’s the same man that designed the bonkers McLaren F1) T25 city carof 2010, Shell’s microcar revives the "bubble car" concept of the 1950s. It’s small and light as a feather, but unlike the BMW Isetta, it was built using modern materials and promises to return outstanding fuel economy.
Although the vehicle is still in its conceptual phase and plans for a production model have yet to be revealed, Shell believes that its new microcar will revolutionize transportation.
"This is a significant automobile engineering milestone. I’m very proud of what Shell’s scientists and their partners at Geo Technology and Gordon Murray Design have achieved. Insights gained from this project could be transformational in terms of how we address energy use in the road transport sector. Energy use and climate change are major issues for society. This project shows that if we use the best of today’s technology, including cutting edge lubricants science, we could potentially have a major impact on energy use and reduce CO2 emissions," said Mark Gainsborough, executive vice president of Shell.
It remains to be seen whether Shell’s concept car will make it into production and make an impact on the industry, but until the oil company releases further details, we will have a closer look at what we already know about this modern Isetta.
Continue reading to learn more about the Shell Concept Car.
Ferrari has been involved in motor racing for as long as anybody can remember and throughout those years, the Maranello-based outfit has relied on a partnership that has lasted the test of time and technology.
It’s not a coincidence that every Ferrari race car that has participated in any kind of race since time immemorial has had one distinct logo stickered to it apart from the Prancing Horse. That logo belongs to Shell.
When Enzo Ferrari decided to create a racing team, he knew exactly the kind of technical partner he would want on-board with him. Since Ferrari and Shell formed their alliance – that’s somewhere around 450 races – the two companies are still together, each finding a common purpose and passion with the other that has enabled the two companies to stand side-by-side through every challenge, tribulation, and of course, through all the champagne-soaked victories.
Check out this four-minute video of the heart of Ferrari that is Shell.
You would think that an oil company would be all for gas-guzzlers and oil burners, vehicles that would keep the cash flowing and allow those companies to maximize profits. However there is one member of the crude retailing community that is more focused on getting the most out of every drop, as opposed to selling every last one.
The Hague based operation, Shell Oil, is committed to making the most out of the limited fossil fuel, that is why they have partnered with the Scuderia Ferrari in order to push the boundaries of both performance and efficiency.
The pair work together to develop fuels that burn more proficiently on the racetrack and lubricants that allow the rotating parts of the highly sophisticated Formula 1 car to move with less friction and be less of a (parasitic) drag on the machine, allowing it t to be even more fuel efficient.
Shell’s efforts at conservation are not limited to the F1 circuit.
The oil company is also the title sponsor for the Shell Eco-Marathon, a competition whose record holders have achieved the equivalent of over 7800 MPG from their fuel-efficient forward thinking machine. The Shell Eco-Marathon is held in various locations around the globe, and invites students to design, build, and test their unique vehicles, all with the same goal, use the least amount of fuel to travel the farthest distance possible. The student design teams develop vehicles that run on conventional fuels like gasoline, ethanol and diesel, as well as futuristic concepts like solar power, hydrogen and other bio-fuels.
More information after the jump.
Another small step towad making hydrogen-powered vehicles a viable alternative to gasoline engines was taken last week as Shell Hydrogen opened a public hydrogen-vehicle refueling station in California. It’s the third such station in the United States, and the first in California. With a number of hydrogen-powered Chevrolet Equinoxes already on the road in Southern California as part of the Project Driveway program, the Santa Monica Boulevard Shell Hydrogen station should have customers right away.
The station, which is integrated with a conventional gas station, if a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Vehicle and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project (DOE Learning Demo). General Motors and Shell have joined forces under this program to get hydrogen fuel cell vehicles into the hands of the public and to begin creating a refueling infrastructure for hydrogen. The program’s efforts are being focused on Southern California, Washington, D.C., and New York City.
Unlike a conventional gas station, the hydrogen station produces its own fuel. Water electrolysis is done on-site and the hydrogen produced is compressed and stored. The Shell hydrogen station also has a visitor center, where drivers can learn more about fuel cell vehicles.
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