What is the Eco Veículo?

The Eco Veículo is a joint project, developed by a team of one professor and students, mainly from the Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra, and several other institutions.

Its objectives, among others, are to design, build, test and develop an automobile vehicle to compete in an international event of energy economy. In order to obtain a good performance, several variables are tried to be kept to a minimum, such as: the vehicle's rolling resistance on a straight line and during cornering; the aerodynamic drag force. Currently under development, is a new engine and transmission system, with high energetic efficiency. This project exists since 1998, currently concentrating the effort of students from 11 different courses.

This project has an eminently pedagogical character, since it provides an opportunity not only to apply the adquired knowledges, of its elements, but also, to develop their enterpreneurship and inovation attitudes and management skills.





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