Challenge Bibendum 2011: results

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Results and awards have been announced for the 2011 Michelin Challenge Bibendum, a rally conceived to celebrate sustainable and eco-friendly mobility. This year’s event was held in Berlin, and involved specific tests for different types of vehicle.

The Inter-City Passenger Cars took part in a 300km run, with safety tests, regularity stages, measured energy consumption and calculated well-to-wheel CO2 emissions. Top ICE prototype was the Audi A3 TCNG (powered by synthetic methane); top ICE production vehicle was the Porsche Panamera S hybrid; top electric-drive prototype was the Toyota FCHV (fuel cell) and top electric-drive prototype the Renault Z.E. Electrique.

The Urban Vehicles – city cars and two- or three-wheelers – completed 30km and trials around the site of Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport which included acceleration, braking and performance tests plus measurements of noise emissions and energy consumption. Top Urban Car was the Nissan Leaf; top Heavy Quadricycle the Aixam MEGA Multitruck; top Light Quadricycle the Microcar New M.Go; and best electric-drive motorbike the HR2 ID Bike from EnBW Energie Baden-Wuttemberg.

The Battery Electric Vehicles took part in a 125km trial in urban and suburban areas, with performance and manoevrability tests . Award-winners in the Concept category were the Lupo EL from Eindhoven University of Technology and the RaceAbout from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Science; commended production cars were the Audi A3 e-tron, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell and the Volvo C30 Electric.

More details, pictures and videos at the Challenge Bibendum website. Commercial vehicles, buses and trucks were also demonstrated.

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