We are all rooting for PEGGIE in the international Shell Eco-Marathon

This weekend those in the Department of Engineering Science won’t be the only ones rooting for the vehicle, PEGGIE, to win the Shell Eco-Marathon, an international challenge for energy-efficient vehicles, to be held in Rotterdam…all of Oxford will be watching too!

PEGGIE car with occupantDeveloped by a team of engineers from the Department of Engineering Science and the Oxford Martin School’s Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport, PEGGIE (called PEGGIE after the University’s Power and Energy Group) brings high hopes for success.

The team and their prototype vehicle are among 227 competitors invited from 24 countries to participate in this global competition. Working in conjunction with the Energy and Power Group (EPG) of the University of Oxford and computer scientists from the Oxford Martin School’s Institute for the Future of Computing, the engineers are hoping to push the frontiers of vehicle efficiency with their latest design.


Dr Malcolm McCulloch, the Director of the Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport, who has been leading the project, said: “Events like the Eco Marathon provide a valuable opportunity to showcase the latest technologies incorporated into these innovative prototypes, as well as to share knowledge and expertise”.

Dr McCulloch added: “We expect that participation in the 2012 Eco-Marathon will spark interest across the spectrum of University of Oxford students. Participation by students with various technical and non-technical skills will ensure the necessary expertise is present for any successful Eco-Marathon now and into the future”.

The Shell Eco-Marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. The winners are the teams that go the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. PEGGIE’s team will be competing in the battery electric vehicle competition class. The winning vehicle last year set a record of 842.5 km on 1 kWh of electricity.* (Approximately equivalent to driving from London to Aberdeen (~860 km) on the energy used to do a large load of washing (about 10 kg) in an A+++ certified appliance). Despite this being there first outing to the event, the team is confident they are competitive because of the technological innovations that they plan to incorporate into PEGGIE.

PEGGIE will implement a unique powertrain system which includes:

  • In-wheel motor
  • Ultra low resistance tyres
  • Lightweight carbon fibre chassis
  • Latest battery technology
  • Low-drag aerodynamic shape
  • Real time updates and optimized race course techniques

These characteristics are certain to be worthy of future transport technologies, enhancing the efficient use of fuels, in the best interest of global sustainable development.

Acknowledgement: The Oxford Martin School