News
Now, Comes A 200/Litre Vehicle – Made In Trivandrum!
Team selected for International fuel efficiency contest to be held in the Philippines | by Aswin
On Jan 15, 2015

 

Trivandrum: Even though the number of luxury cars has gone up in the last decade, Indians still have one faithful eye on fuel efficiency. Even for the Mars mission we sent the orbiter at a standard auto rickshaw rate! So fuel efficiency is something Indians can’t stay away from.

Well if that’s the case, what if we have a vehicle that has a mileage of 200 km/litre. Now that’s music to our ears, even when crude prices are at a six year low.

A group of three pre-final year Mechanical Engineering students - Bibin Sagaram, Ronith Stanly and Vishnu Prasad S - from Government Engineering College, Barton Hill has developed a single-seater which they claim can travel 200 km using just a litre of fuel.

The vehicle weighs just around 50 kg. The chassis is made out of light weight Aluminum, and the body is made out of extremely strong Fiberglass and Polycarbonate.

The use of light weight materials, advanced aerodynamic techniques, advanced tuning for extreme efficiency and so on have gone into building this vehicle. The design of the body is inspired from the Golf ball which has a supreme aerodynamic construction. They were guided by Prof. Santhosh Kumar S V and Prof. Anver Sadath.

 

Talking to Yentha, one of the team members, Ronith Stanely said, “The aerodynamics of golf ball design is something which has already been tested elsewhere. We are implementing it into a vehicle and trying to understand how well it can work. The golf ball structure reduces the aerodynamic drag and this improves the fuel efficiency.” Speaking about the cost, he said, “Till date we have spent around Rs.2.3 lakhs. We will have to spend some more for adding certain facilities before taking it for the contest.”

The team has been selected for an International fuel efficiency contest - Shell Eco Marathon - to be held in the Philippines from February 26 to March 1, 2015. The event will be attended by more than 120 teams from 16 countries across the globe.

Team from Govt. Engineering College, Barton Hill

 

In a press conference held here in the city, Dr. B Anil, the Principal of the College said, “It is a wonderful innovation and needs to be promoted considering the times that we live in.” He added that this is only one team from Kerala to represent India for the International contest. The technology development of the vehicle was funded by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.

Fuel prices are going south, fuel efficiencies going north. Where are we headed? Interesting times ahead of us.

 
 
Report Abuse    Report Error    Comments SMS/E-Mail
Bookmark and Share
 
News Features Columns