The Galway energy-efficient car
The Galway energy-efficient car, the Geec, is an eco-car designed and built by NUI Galway engineering students. Every year since 2015, we compete in Shell Eco-marathon Europe, a 16-km street-circuit race where the winner is the car that uses the least fuel or energy.
In 2017 we finished 13th of 41 competitors in the prototype battery-electric class, with a score of 354 km per kilowatt-hour of electricity – roughly equivalent to 10,500 miles per gallon for a diesel car. Then we went on to win the 2018 Technical Innovation Award. The Geec is the first and only Irish team in the world’s top ultra-efficiency competition, and the most energy-efficient car ever built in Ireland.
Each version of the Geec is designed, developed, built and race tested by a team of Mechanical, Energy Systems and Electrical & Electronic Engineering students of all years.
If you are interested in joinining the team or if you’d like to view this year’s team, email info@theGeec.ie to learn more.
The car’s structure is composed of a carbon-fibre composite aerodynamic body over an aluminium chassis. Power is provided from a lithium polymer battery to a 200-Watt DC motor, driving the rear wheel through a gear pair and a chain drive.
If you’d like to join us as a partner for 2021 and beyond, we’d love to hear from you via email to info@theGeec.ie