innovative, eco-friendly and ready to compete in London
On Wednesday evening, a team of students from Windesheim University unveiled their eco-friendly electric car. Next stop for BlueBolt 2.0 is London, where it'll compete in the Shell Eco-marathon from 5 to 8 July.
Sixteen students from various programmes -- including Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering & Management-- have contributed to the car's development. BlueBolt 2.0 has an aluminium frame and a cardboard fuselage. Its steering wheel was created using a 3D printer.
"The first really euphoric moment for the team was when we put the car through its paces at the Pottendijk carting circuit," recalls student Sanne van Leeuwen. "Everything went perfectly from the word 'go'. That gave us all a huge sense of satisfaction!"
The Shell Eco-marathon is an annual event in which students are challenged to use their skills in innovation, technology and eco-friendly engineering. It's not so much a race as a contest of efficiency. More than two hundred teams from all over the world take part. A jury assesses the fuel-efficiency of the competing vehicles, measured in kilometres travelled per litre of fuel.
Windesheim has built up an impressive track record in sustainable design. Since 2007, student teams have created numerous technically innovative and eco-friendly vehicles, ranging from a solar-powered boat to a racing car. Windesheim's first appearance at the Shell Eco-marathon was in 2015.