Shell Designs Energy Saver Concept Car; Dubs It "Project M"

Apr 27, 2016 04:00 AM EDT | Catherin Lue

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Oil giant Shell recently made a surprising do-over with the scandals involving diesel emissions; the company is developing a concept car called Project M, which would save fuel and lessen CO2 emissions. Also, the 3-seater lightweight vehicle is similar to F1's Gordon Murray T.25 city car.

Shell's engineers and engine gurus from Geo Technology would be working together with Murray in the vehicle's body, as well as the company's target to use fuel-efficient engine and grease components, according to Market Business News. The company aims to use the car concept in helping governments maximize fuel-saving options and of course, reduce diesel emissions.

Shell said in a statement that the concept car is a complete rework of Murray's T.25 design and that it would end up using far less energy in its lifetime. Leading the concept car project is engineer Bob Mainwaring, who is also Shell's Manager for Technological Innovation.

Mainwaring said that the car can be driven for about 100k km prior to it using up the same amount of fuel on a regular SUV. The car would be running on high-quality products such as Shell Helix oil, which would allow the lube to superbly work with the car's engine.

Shell's concept car would run at an estimated top speed of up to 110 km/h, however it runs best at around 50 to 70 km/h. Real world protocol tests also showed that the car spews out a quarter less CO2 than standard hybrids as well as petrol-running cars, as per the news agency.

A related report by GizMag described more intimate details on the overall design of the car. The design sported a tall, narrow look which measures 8.2 ft long, 4.4 ft in width and about 5.2 ft high. With its recycled carbon body, the car is pretty compact at 1,213 lbs, compared to traditional city cars.

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