last edited 2009/04/15 08:43 (*
I finally found a lightweight car, still 550kg, but that team realized the overall weight is a crucial aspect of the overall efficency: Loremo LS - developed by a german-based team.
- weight: 550kg (6.8 vehicle/body ratio @ 80kg human)
- seats: 4
- fuel usage: 1.5L diesel / 100km or 155 MPG
- fuel: diesel
- max. speed: 150 km/h or 90 MPH
- Euro 17,000 / US$ 22,000
Even though they still have 550kg, they seem to have developed a full scale car with 4 seats: 2 seats facing to the front, and 2 seats facing backwards. No regular doors but to open it with the entire front; this due the ridig steel frame for the front seats.
So, the vehicle/body ratio for:
- 1 adult: 550/80 = 6.87
- 2 adults: 550/160 = 3.43
- 2 adults + 2 kids: 550/260 = 2.11
- 4 adults: 550/320 = 1.71
which is impressive, almost reaching 1 - so a range of 1.7-6.8.
The overall fuel usage from 1.5 to 2L gasoline per 100km is much better than what I have seen so far, e.g. compare to micro-cars with only 2 seats still having 5-6L per 100km.
Update: The "EV" variant comes with an electric engine, and reaching 170km/h, see YouTube: 1st public run Loremo EV (2009/04/11) - it's a bit heavier with 600kg, and 150km / 90 miles range with one battery charge.
As comparison of diesel vs electric version:
||1000km / 600 miles
||150km / 90 miles
Source: Loremo.com , Wikipedia: Loremo , YouTube: Loremo (german)