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 further showcased its reliability and efficiency.

Due to differences within the regulations, eLi16 competed with two different variations – one vehicle with silicon solar panels for the EducEco, and 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.


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 

Power consumption while maintaining 30 km/h on a flat surface in W
Nominal power in W


CFRP 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 

Suspension System

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