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SCIENCE PARK RESEARCH GROUP PINS HOPES ON PEGGIE FOR MARATHON SUCCESS

Dr Malcolm McCulloch’s Energy and Power Group (EPG), based at Begbroke Science Park, has joined forces with the Institute of Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport (CERT), in a cross-University project to produce an energy efficient vehicle that will compete in the Shell Eco – Marathon from 17 – 19 May 2012.

Nicknamed PEGGIE, the vehicle employs the unique power-train system developed by Dr McCulloch’s group here at the Park, using the latest battery technology and a lightweight aerodynamic carbon fibre chassis to enhance the efficient use of fuel. It will compete in the Prototype category of the race, up against 200 teams drawn from across the world.

The Shell Eco-Marathon has been running for over 70 years. This year, for the first time, it’s introduced a street track through the city of Rotterdam, guaranteeing a more realistic stage on which the vehicles are expected to perform.

Team Manager Justin Bishop says “The challenge of the Shell Eco-Marathon is pretty simple – to design, build and drive the most fuel-efficient vehicle. We’re designing an electric vehicle which will give consumers real alternatives for a sustainable future. We hope PEGGIE will spark interest in green transport technology within the student and academic community and beyond. Oh, and we also hope she’ll win!”

Professor Pete Dobson, Academic Director of Begbroke Science Park adds, “The world needs to find new ways to harness sustainable innovations in engineering. Begbroke Science Park’s large lab facilities offer multi-department projects room to get off the ground. PEGGIE is a worthy contestant in this world-class technology encounter and all of us at the Park wish her and the team the very best of luck!”

For more information on the Shell Eco-Marathon visit the official website: http://www.shell.com/ecomarathon/

For more information about PEGGIE, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Justin Bishop by email at justin.bishop@eng.ox.ac.ukor visit http://epg.eng.ox.ac.uk

For more information about academic research facilities available at Begbroke Science Park contact Dr Caroline Livingstone, Manager, Begbroke Science Park, on 01865 283700, or e-mail enquiries@begbroke.ox.ac.uk

Ben Roeves