Thursday, June 22, 2006
1328 km/l : Efficacy of your next car ?
While the search for alternate fuels goes on, the fossil brigade is not resting. A UBC team has designed a futuristic-looking, single-occupancy vehicle won top prize at a recent international competition, marking the UBC team’s fourth win in as many years.
The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage Competition took place June 9 in Marshall, Michigan. Forty teams from Canada, the U.S. and India competed in designing and building the most fuel-efficient vehicle. The UBC design, which required the driver to lie down while navigating it, achieved 3,145 miles per US gallon (1328 km/l : 0.074 litres/100 km) -- equivalent of Vancouver to Halifax on a gallon (3.79 litres) of gas -- costing less than $5 (Rs 225) at the pump.Université Laval (Que.) took second place this year with a score of 1,823 mpg (770 km/l). Other teams represented University of Windsor, University of California, Los Angeles, UC Berkeley, Pennsylvania State University, and the Delhi College of Engineering.