Green Heroes: California Subscribe to RSS feed. Follow us on Twitter. Sign up for our newsletter

Awards won by

The Green Apple Awards 2011 GreenFleet Award



Partners join forces to produce the Very Light Car

Making vehicles lighter has become a key element in the battle to reduce emissions and fuel consumption: however, few vehicles go as far as to actually being named as a “Very Light Car”.

However, that’s the case for the next generation version of the light-weight fuel efficient car that was entered into the Progressive Automotive XPRIZE back in 2010. Known as the Very Light Car 4.0 (pictured), it is being produced thanks to a partnership between Edison 2 and Altair ProductDesign.

Edison 2 Very Light Car

The original version of the vehicle, which won a $5million prize in the Mainstream Class, used a one-cylinder internal combustion engine. Now the next generation Very Light Car will retain the same attributes as well as boasting an aerodynamic improvement. It features smoother curves that help to offset the drag associated with requirements such as bumpers and mirrors: and the new shape also aids driver visibility.

In addition, ride quality has been improved thanks to larger wheels which allow for more in-wheel suspension travel; while the interior has a lower doorsill and a sophisticated fit-and-finish.

Meanwhile, Altair ProductDesign conducted a three-phase engineering study aimed at targeting suspension sensitivity and structural optimisation. Altair will also provide computer-aided engineering optimisation, multi-body dynamics engineers and senior technical specialists.

The vehicle already set numerous records in the Mainstream Class to secure the XPRIZE, including the lowest drag co-efficient ever recorded at the GM Aero Lab and the lowest greenhouse gas emissions in the competition at 82.6g.

Share this article

Paul Lucas

Filed under: Latest News, Green Cars

No comments yet

No comments yet.

Leave a comment

Popular posts

Image: Biofuels: the pros and cons
Image: Hybrid cars: a guide
Image: LPG conversion: a helpful guide
The Green Piece
Available UK charge points for electric vehicles