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NMMU News

26/04/2017

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s award-winning Eco-Car will be a star attraction at this year’s Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth (30 April on the Knysna High School Fields).

“We’ll have around 400 vintage, veteran, and modern cars and motorcycles on show - but the NMMU Eco-Car will be the only futuristic vehicle there,” said organiser Peter Pretorius of the Garden Route Motor Club.

The ultra-light, carbon-composite car is powered by a fuel-injected, 125 cc, 4-stroke engine. Designed and built by students of the University, it qualified as the most fuel efficient internal combustion-engined vehicle in Africa when it produced a measured consumption of 127.8 km/l of ordinary unleaded petrol to beat Nigeria’s Team Fupre (Federal University of Petroleum Resources - 52.44 km/l) and Team ABU (Agmadu Bello University - 44.94 km/l) in last year’s Shell Eco-Marathon: South Africa.  (mysite.nmmu.ac.za/EcoCar)

“In theory it could do 6,393 km on a standard 50 litre tank,” said Mr. Pretorius. “That’s about the distance from Johannesburg to Cairo.”

NMMU’s current Eco-Car team, are now working on reducing the weight of the vehicle, and increasing its fuel efficiency in preparation for this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon.

Gates open 09:30 to 16:00. Tickets: adults R40.00, children 12 to 18 years, R10.00. Food court and beer tent open all day. 

Contact information
Mr Clive Hands
Lecturer
Tel: 27 41 504 3375
Clive.Hands@nmmu.ac.za