18 Sep 2008 05:09:21
Low-emissions car light and aerodynamic
A lightweight and aerodynamic body is the secret behind a new car company's low-emissions vehicle.
Axon Automotive, which was showcasing its car at the St John's Innovation day in Cambridge, claimed that unlike other firms, it focused on these two factors to combat energy efficiency.
"We took a different approach to improving energy efficiency which normally focuses on different fuels by marrying the best of old and new technology to create a lightweight, aerodynamic car that is also recycleable," said Axon founder Steve Cousins.
"There is lots of inefficiency built into a standard car, and the two main sources are the weight of the vehicle and relatively poor aerodynamics, both of which we have addressed."
The car is powered by a two-cylinder, 500cc engine that weighs only 26 kilograms and is one of the only parts of the car made of metal.
Carbon fibre is used for most of the other components, making the car light.
As a result, the car has carbon emissions of just 80 grams per kilometre, compared to the EU target of 130g/km.
It can also travel 100 miles on a single gallon of petrol and will be on the roads in 2010.