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Competition for energy performance – Electric vehicles and other ultra-efficient cars

Providing its customized step-up voltage regulators, Elecdan-Converter participated in the electronic conception of an electric car engineered and built by students at the Collège Bayle of Pamiers (France).

It is to be noted that at the beginning of the study for car conception, the students first tried converters (24V into 28V), but these were unfortunately not enabling the engine to start. Students had to go and push the car from behind each time they wanted to start it!
The relief came when they used our innovative Elecdan-Converter boost converter (step-up voltage regulator), which is able to handle the very high starting current of a motor.

This super-efficient vehicle was selected to participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon, a challenging race dedicated to energy performance. For four days (from 30th June up to 3rd July 2016), 229 teams of young entrepreneurs and students from 28 countries competed in LONDON, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
In spite of a serious traffic accident during the recorded first attempt, this car won the 4th rank of the competition in its category (battery-electric) on the international level, and 1st rank for France. The racer was applauded for its attainting 632 km / kWh, a real innovation. Just as a reminder, the presently commercialized electric cars perform at 10 km / kWh on the roads.

As Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell, has put it just before the competition, “One of the biggest challenges facing the world today is how to produce more energy for economic growth, while significantly reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. Making a successful transition to a low-carbon future will take realism, urgency and vision, as well as cleaner technologies. … The competition challenges high school and university students from Europe and elsewhere to design and build ultra-efficient cars. They then compete on an urban circuit to see who can go the furthest on the least amount of energy equivalent, whether that’s petrol, diesel, other liquid fuels made from natural gas or ethanol, hydrogen or electric power. … I hope you will find inspiration from this new generation of thinkers as they tackle the world’s energy challenges”.

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