Students present the most economical city car in the Netherlands

Students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) presented the most economical city car in the Netherlands at the Automotive Campus in Helmond on Wednesday 7 May. The car, called ‘Isa’, is an electrically powered two-seater with luggage space and a ‘fuel consumption’ – relative to a conventional gasoline‑powered car – of only around 0.2 l/100 km or 1,200 miles per US gallon. 

‘Beautiful lady’
Isa – which according to the designers stands for ‘beautiful lady’ – was designed by the TU/ecomotive student team as a practical, comfortable and economical city car. The 13 students from the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments succeeded in building an extremely lightweight car, weighing only 200 kilograms. In comparison, a Renault Twizy – which is also electrically powered – weighs around 500 kg. With a maximum speed of 60 km/h, this is primarily a car for use in the city. Thanks to its Dutch registration plates, a leather interior and a complete in-car entertainment system, Isa has everything that users would expect from a car in this class. The list of modern, built-in accessories even includes a digital radio and a wireless smartphone charging socket.

From Helmond to Hilversum
Yvonne van Mierlo, municipal executive councilor for Economic Affairs in Helmond, was the first to officially drive the car, and made a lap of honor on the automotive campus in Helmond. After the official presentation the team is starts a ‘road trip’ from the Automotive Campus in Helmond to Hilversum, passing through a number of cities and locations, and taking in sponsors and other interested parties on the way. The students intend to show with the road trip that electric cars are the future of mobility – one of the university’s three societal focal areas. Smart Mobility Director Carlo van de Weijer is enthusiastic about the students and what Isa can do: “The team was set up in September 2013. It’s now eight months later and the car is ready for the road. That’s a great achievement.”

Shell Eco-marathon Rotterdam
The Shell Eco-marathon starts in Rotterdam on 15 May. In a three-day competition, more than 200 European student teams will battle for the title of Most Economical Car. This is the first time that a student team has gained official approval to use a car on the public cars in the Netherlands from the Government Road Transport Agency (RDW).