So far eLi16 has participated at the EducEco Challenge in Colomiers, France, the Shell Eco-marathon Challenger Event in Le Mans, France and the regular Shell Eco-marathon Europe, which took place in London this year. At the Shell Eco-marathon, an additional challenge was the ascending track, eLi16 proofed here it’s reliability and efficiency once again.

Due to differences within regulations, eLi16 competed with two different variations – one vehicle with silicon solar panels for the EducEco, one without for the Shell Eco-marathon.

Also, one major innovation was the implementation of our driving automatism, which automatically adapts the vehicle’s speed and acceleration according to an optimized driving strategy. 

Competitions: Achievements in the “Battery Electric Prototype” class

Shell Eco Marathon Europe

– 1st place Overall Winner Prototype

– 1st place Battery Electric (1400km/kWh, equals 12184 km/l


– Winner of „Mathworks MATLAB Awards“ for the best simulation

Educ Eco

–  3rd place (634.7km/kWh, equals 7702 km/l Super Plus95)



The Technical Features of the Vehicle

Key Data

Mass (ready to drive) in kg
Design speed in km/h

Monocoque made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)

Propelled by an electromotor

Energy provided by LiPo batteries and solar cell 


Power Train

 Lithium-Polymer batteries as energy storage

Solar cells as secondary energy source

Battery management system

Specifically designed electric motor

Chain transmission

Self-developed motor controller

Communication via CAN-Bus 

Nominal power in W
Power conumption while maintaining on flat surface in km/h and W


CFK Tooling of all parts using the VAP process

Chassis parts manufactured with prepreg technology

       Integral design for enhanced stability
       Weight without attachment parts 5,1 kg
       Aerodynamically optimized shape
       10 mm aluminum honeycomb as sandwich material

Top cover-monocoque: conic flange as connecting element

Top cover: flange connects to monocoque; embedded solar cells

Crossbeam: self-supporting, aerodynamically neutral airfoil

Windshield: 3D formed PMMA

All attachments made of CFRP 


Complete optimization and new construction

3 wheels for reduced rolling friction

Axles adjustable in all dimensions

Space saving, precise front axle steering based on Bowden wires

Specifically designed kinematics of the front axle for reduced rolling friction and optimal handling while cornering

Hydraulic disc brakes