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NUS Eco-car to compete in Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2012

25 June 2012

Assoc Prof Lu (far left) with team NUS

The NUS Faculty of Engineering has unveiled this year's Eco-car which will take part in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2012 at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur from 4 to 7 July.

Weighing a mere 70kg compared to last year's 115kg version, the lightweight vehicle is equipped with non-pneumatic tyres. The airless tyres, which are low in maintenance and wholly recyclable, have been researched by universities and manufacturers such as Michelin and Bridgestone. The Eco-car can travel from Singapore to Bangkok without recharging with the fuel efficiency being 950km per litre of energy. It has a top speed of 65km per hour.

Describing this year's Eco-car, Assoc Prof Lu Wen Feng, Faculty Advisor to the project, said that the vehicle is based on a wholly green concept. The car, which is designed and built by the students from wheels to body, only emits water as a by-product of the hydrogen fuel the car uses.

"We are using a bit of rocket science to build this year's Eco-car with the 'monocoque' technique employed in the construction of aircraft, rockets and modern cars. This technique uses the shell of the car to support the structural load instead of an internal frame," noted Assoc Prof Lu who is from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Team leader Boyle Suwono hopes that the NUS team will keep its winning streak. Last year, the University clinched the top spot in the Urban Concept Fuel Cell Category as well as the first place for the SKF Design Award.

Since 2007, the NUS Eco-car has participated in the Shell Eco-marathon, an annual event challenging student teams worldwide to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles.