Shell’s Concept City Car Gets 107 MPG And Fits In Tight Spots

Shell’s Concept City Car Gets 107 MPG And Fits In Tight Spots

The three seater concept car was built using materials with a low energy and CO2 footprint

Emma Hutchings
  • 28 april 2016

Shell has unveiled a concept city car that can get up to 107 MPG and easily squeeze into tight parking spots. The three seater aims to prove the energy efficiency improvements that can be achieved using cutting-edge technology through a process of co-engineering where the vehicle body, engine design and lubricants are created together.


The car would use around half the energy required to build and run than a typical small family car and 69 percent less than that of a typical sports utility vehicle. Its gas consumption has been measured using a range of vehicle testing protocols, including both steady state and urban driving styles, with sample test results seeing a steady state consumption of 107 miles per gallon.

Shell’s concept car combines cutting-edge lightweight technology, meaning it weighs only 550kg, and it was built using materials with a low energy and CO2 footprint. A number of the components were created using 3D printing to speed up construction. The car also uses recycled carbon fibre for its body, which can be assembled for a quarter of the price of a conventional steel car and means that almost the entire car can be recycled at the end of its life.


The city car’s design is tall, narrow and fun, with a sporty central driving position and two passenger seats behind. This novel seating arrangement provides room for three people despite the car’s tiny exterior dimensions and gives it a small turning circle, making it ideal for urban driving.

Dr. Andrew Hepher, Vice President of Shell’s lubricant research team, said in a press release:

“Our car may be small, but it’s packed with potential. We want to accelerate the conversation about how we make road vehicles more energy efficient and less carbon-intensive. 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.”


You can learn more about the Shell concept city car in the launch video below:


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