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A car that achieves 715 km/l created by Brazilian students is a revolution in the global automotive sector!

Written by Valdemar Medeiros
Published 21/05/2024 às 01:10
A car that achieves 715 km/l was created by Brazilian students and is a revolution in the global automotive sector!
Brazilians create the best hydrogen car at Shell Eco-Marathon/Disclosure

At an event, Brazilian students present a car that travels 715 km/l and could revolutionize the automotive sector. Shell event drives new studies and investments in the hydrogen car market.

A Shell Eco Marathon, the main automotive engineering competition between students from universities in the country and Latin America took place a few months ago and, for the first time, two teams bet on a hydrogen car. However, combustion and electric cars are still the majority. At this event, Brazilians presented a car that achieves 715 km/l.

Find out how the competition that drives new technologies for the automotive sector works

Many of the students present in the competition have not even turned 20 years old and are already working on amazing projects, such as the car that achieves 715 km/l. The Eco-Marathon (Ecological Marathon) is divided into four categories, according to the energy matrix of each project: internal combustion, electric battery, hydrogen cell and urban concept.

Shell does not charge for registration, however, it is up to universities and students to search for sponsors who will finance not only the project, but also travel and accommodation in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to student transfers, vehicles are also transported to the Pier. A student at Universidad Capitán Ustáriz, in Bolivia, stated that a truck took the prototype from Cochabamba to the border with Brazil.

The vehicle passed through the Federal Revenue Service and was placed in a Brazilian truck, which made the final transfer to Rio, where the revolutionary marathon for the automotive sector takes place. Meanwhile, the students traveled by plane, stopping in São Paulo.

A car that achieves 715 km/l was created by Brazilian students and is a revolution in the global automotive sector!
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The event works like a race. Universities have delimited areas that serve as boxes, where they leave vehicles, computers, tools and mechanical components. The first objective is to pass the technical inspection. This is the hardest part, according to information from Shell.

What criteria did the hydrogen car have to pass?

The hydrogen, battery or gasoline car must meet several technical criteria to have the chance to take the consumption test on the track. According to Norman Koch, global manager of Shell Eco-Marathon, it is in the inspection that around 15% of student competitors fail.

The technicians of Shell They evaluate the weight, dimensions, visibility, brakes, design, mechanics, electronics, horn, emergency button and even the effort to enter and exit the vehicle. The pilot undergoes physical and psychotechnical assessments, in addition to being required to wear approved gloves, overalls and helmet by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

The first test is braking. The prototype is placed on a ramp and the driver needs to test both the front and rear brakes. A technical inspector commented that this is often one of the cruelest tests, as almost all vehicles use systems borrowed from bicycles.

The braking test was one of the greatest difficulties for the Bolivian team. Shell requires that the hydrogen, battery or gasoline car system be independent for the front and rear, with the aim of increasing redundancy and safety.

Brazilians develop car that does 715 km/l 

The Bolivian team fought bravely to put the first hydrogen car in history at the Eco-Marathon Brasil on the track. However, the best result was with combustion engines. O Federal Institute of Education of Rio Grande do Sul, from Erechim, developed a car that does 715 km/l and could revolutionize the automotive sector.

Second place went to the Federal Technological University of Paraná, which scored 647 km/l. Among the prototypes with electric motors, the Federal University of Minas Gerais won by scoring 367km/kWh.

The leadership of the miners was barely threatened, as the Instituto Federal Sul-rio-grandense achieved 364km/kWh and took second place. 

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Valdemar Medeiros

Journalist in training, specialist in creating content with a focus on SEO actions. Writes about the Automotive Industry, Renewable Energy and Science and Technology

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