Meet the most efficient electric vehicle in the world, according to the Guinness World Records.
This is what the German team that set the record had to say about it:
“Alumni of the TUfast Eco Team set a new energy-efficiency world record in the category “most efficient electric vehicle” officially registered with Guinness World Records on the 16th of July 2016. The full report is available here. The result of 81.16 Wh/100k at an average speed of 25 km/h (same as the Shell Eco-marathon) can be calculated as energy-equivalent into the following units:”
|Wh/100km||km/kWh||km/l S95||l S95/100km||mpg (S 95)|
The first thing we notice is the driver lying down to help aerodynamics. It reminded me the Elon Musk’s Hyperloop project.
The eLi14 is just a prototype with a max speed of 30 km/h, but I can imagine a world with similar shaped autonomous cars used as taxis for long distance travelling. Which car sharing company wouldn’t want a car with such low running costs?! GM and Lyft testing the self-driving Chevy Bolt as taxis is probably just the first step.
Maybe the future of long distance transportation is being lying down in a capsule or in an autonomous electric car shaped like a rocket. It will be a lot more efficient than airplanes, even if they are electric.
Technology is rapidly evolving and in a few years we might consider autonomous driving the safest way to travel. When this happens cities may look very much like what Jacque Fresco from The Venus Project envisioned…
If you never herd about The Venus Project or The Zeitgeist Movement visit the last two links below. If you like modern technology applied to societal organization you’ll find it interesting.