A team of engineering students in the UAE have designed a car that could potentially travel up to 1,000 km on just one litre of fuel.
The lightweight vehicle — named Eco-Dubai 1 — is in its final stage of construction and will begin testing in the next two weeks.
The team from Higher Colleges of Technology Dubai Men’s College will race their car at a competition based on designing a car that can travel the furthest on just one litre of fuel. Shell’s Eco-Marathon slated to take place in Kuala Lumpur between July 4 to 7, 2013 will be attended by a total of five teams from the UAE, as well as a host of international collegiate groups.
Ahmad Khamis Al Suwaidi, one of the students behind the car, said: “Petrol is not going to last forever. One day we’re going to run out. So in terms of developing a local eco-car industry, it starts with us. We’re the future of the UAE in this.”
Students are allowed to use electricity, solar or hybrid technologies to reach their goal.
The record for the longest distance travelled is held by students from France’s Polytech Nantes University, who designed a car that travelled almost 4,900 km.