Students build 0.1 litres/km car

2013-06-24 12:55

Volkswagen, we have reported, is set to build its “one-litre car”. The radical two-seater XL1 has a claimed fuel consumption of 0.9 litres/100km.

Even the XL1’s superbly frugal figure pales in comparison with the vehicles some US college students have created, capable of achieving 0.1 litres/100km… and no, that’s not a typo.


The SAE Supermileage competition, the Detroit News reports, is an annual fuel-efficiency competition held in Michigan. Teams compete to build a one-cyclinder, single-seater, fuel-efficient vehicle, that uses the least amount of fuel over a 15.4km course.

In June 2013 four college teams achieved better than than 425km/litre during the 34th year of the competition.

A team from Pennsylvania State University’s Behrend College was the overall winner with a total score of 704 litres/100km or 0.1 litres/100km (0.18 plus its Design Report score of 0.64). The team earned more than R14 000.

Tom Stover, chief technology officer of Eaton Vehicle Group, told the DetNews:  “What these student teams were able to accomplish is truly amazing. The Supermileage competition helps them develop practical engineering, team building and leadership skills they can use to succeed in their careers, including making tomorrow’s cars and trucks more fuel-efficient.”

  • James Blacksmith - 2013-06-24 13:30

    It doesn't help if you car can be stolen while you are driving it. This is SA we're talking about.

  • Philip Joubert - 2013-06-24 14:14

    Please fix the units. At the moment it reads 704 liters per 100km. Meant to read 704km per liter.

  • Marius Jacobs - 2013-06-24 14:21

    I wonder how fast it can go. No use if it can barely get to 20 kph

  • Andrew Garvie - 2013-06-24 14:24

    My diesel is more efficient than 0.1 litres/km .. that would be 1 litre per 10km .. which means around 60 litres for 600 km .. my car would use around 30 litres for a 600 km trip if i was in fuel sipping mode; with 4 passengers and some luggage .. what am I missing here?

      Koi Indarain - 2013-06-24 15:26

      You are missing that the journalist who wrote this article is an idiot who made no effort at all to check his work before publishing it...

      Amdyn - 2013-06-24 17:32

      Quite right. On a side note how much "fuel" does a cyclist use to travel 1km ?

  • Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2013-06-24 14:34

    Can this 0.1L/100km car take your entire family on vacation? If not what a waste.

  • Kevin Williams - 2013-06-24 16:03

    What does the heading mean....I am astray here...0.1L/km ???? 1l/10km....??????????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????????????????????? I am astray...

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-06-24 21:06

    With fuel price on the rise in RSA I would like to order 2 cars please...NB:-please don't fuel it I will do that...

  • Graeme Stockwell - 2013-06-25 07:12

    704 litres/100km or 0.1 litres/100km (0.18 plus its Design Report score of 0.64) wow now i know exactly whats going on, surely they mean 1L/100km or 0.01L per km, cut paste go for lunch

  • Sammy Mohlake - 2013-06-28 20:02

    Another alternative to survive petrol hike

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