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Shell has unveiled a concept city car designed to offer the very best in terms of efficiency and emissions.
Conceptualised as a three-seater, the city car is designed to return a 34 per cent reduction in energy use over a standard city car over the vehicle's entire life cycle. This saving would be returned through more efficient manufacturing processes, as well as greater economy when on the road.
Shell is reporting that its concept car will return a consumption figure of 107mpg, and emit a lower amount of C02 than a standard petrol city car or hybrid vehicle.
Mark Gainsborough, executive vice-president of Shell's global lubricants businesses who backed the concept, said: "This is a significant automobile engineering milestone. I'm very proud of what Shell's scientists and their partners at Geo Technology and Gordon Murray Design have achieved.
"This project shows that if we use the best of today's technology, including cutting-edge lubricants science, we could potentially have a major impact on energy use and reduce CO2 emissions."
The car's exterior was built using Gordon Murray Design's 'iStream' platform, which uses light-weight materials to lower the vehicle's weight while maintaining its ability to protect occupants in the event of a crash.
Dr. Andrew Hepher, vice president of Shell's lubricant research team, said: "Our car may be small, but it's packed with potential.
"In the coming weeks and months, we look forward to sharing our research insights from this project with engine designers, car manufacturers, academics and other experts across the automotive sector."