Shell Shows Off an Ultra Energy Efficient Concept Car

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Shell has introduced its ultra energy efficient concept car to the world.

Built around Gordon Murray Design’s patented iStream platform, the Shell concept car represents “a radical rethink on the way in which cars are designed, developed and produced,” said Shell. Weighing just 1,212 pounds, the subcompact city car features numerous components that were created using 3D printing to accelerate the construction of the prototype. It also uses recycled carbon fiber for its body and almost the entire car can be recycled at the end of its life.

According to Shell, if the concept car was to ever go into production, it could deliver material reductions in energy use in the automotive market.

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In independent testing, the concept car delivered a 34-percent reduction in primary energy use over its entire lifecycle compared to a typical city car available in the United Kingdom. It also uses around half the energy required to build and run than a typical small family car and 69 percent less than that of a typical SUV.

On the U.S. cycle, it averages 89.1 mpg at 45 mph while emitting 28 percent less CO2 emissions than a typical gasoline-powered city car and 32 percent less than a hybrid. You can watch a video to learn more about the Shell concept car below.

“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,” said Dr. Andrew Hepher, vice president of Shell’s lubricant research team. “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.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Apr 22, 2016

    VERY COOL!!! I'd buy a car designed by Gordon Murray any day!

  • Len Reinhart Len Reinhart on Apr 25, 2016

    Shell is selling petroleum, natch they would design an efficient car so ugly no one would buy it. The hard thing is to design an attractive car that is also efficient, that someone would want to buy. I think Tesla is leading that effort. GM is slowly moving in that direction. I currently am driving a five year old Fit and have plunked down $1000 to reserve a Model 3, but I will look at the Bolt when it arrives. The Fit has never averaged under 32 MPG.