Behold the “Microjoule”. An ethanol-powered car which can drive nearly 3,000 kilometres on just one litre of fuel. Possibly the car of the future, it was unveiled in Brussels by the European Commission as part of its drive to save energy. Engineered by French students, it’s three metres long, half a metre high and weighs 30 kilos.
EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said:
“It does not mean that we will have new cars like this on the streets but it means that we will have the potential in Europe to resolve the issues that we are facing, like the security of supply and the fight against climate change.”
The bio-fuel vehicle won the 2006 European Shell Eco-marathon – a race to drive as far as possible on the least amount of fuel. An achievement which makes the prototype an ideal illustration for the European Commission’s action plan: to reach 20% energy savings in Europe by 2020.