Shell reveals new ultra-efficient city concept car with 3D printed components

Last month Shell presented its brand new concept car, an ultra-compact, extremely energy-efficient city car, engineered in collaboration with the designer Gordon Murray and Geo Technology. Project M was designed on the basis of the city car T25 Murray, and its interior is built with different 3D printed components.


Contrary to its appearance, the concept car is neither an electric nor a hybrid car, after all because it was developed by an oil giant. But with the primary energy consumption reduced by 34% compared to a normal car, Shell demonstrated that, with the right design, also petrol cars can contribute to sustainable mobility. The reduced consumption is however not the only sustainable feature of Project M.  Most of the car consists of recyclable carbon fiber, while various components were designed with CAD software and manufactured through 3D printing. Despite the great variety of production technologies, each element of the Shell Concept Car works in perfect harmony, creating an efficient vehicle of just 1.5 m height x 2.5 m length x 1.3 m width.


One point that has been discussed a lot since the car’s release is its size. The 3-seater, which weighs only 550 kg, could potentially fit three times into a regular parking space and two concept cars could theoretically travel side by side along a single lane highway! This makes this new type of car is especially good news for the inhabitants of large cities. Apart from reducing emission these super small cars could also finally solve the problem of limited parking spots in the most crowded urban areas.

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