« Building tomorrow’s Mobility together »
Challenge Bibendum, initiated by Michelin in 1998, is a concerted effort by pre-eminent players in the automotive world – vehicle manufacturers, technical partners, energy suppliers and research institutes – to provide political and economic decision makers, as well as opinion leaders, with insights and in-depth understanding on the latest advanced vehicle technology to:
- reduce the energy consumption per vehicle,
- ensure energy supply security for road transport,
- reduce carbon dioxide emissions,
- reduce emissions of local pollutants,
- mitigate noise pollution,
- lower the number of road accidents,
- improve traffic flow,
- achieve a better correlation between vehicle design and ultimate use,
.....while retaining the enjoyment and individual liberty of road mobility.
Michelin Challenge Bibendum outside exhibition: Ride & Drive sessions
The Ride & Drive sessions will give guests, journalists and fellow participants the chance to test and get a glimpse of the real-world performance of two advanced technology vehicles developed in partnership with Michelin:
- F-CITY H2:
As part of the partnership with Fam Automobiles, the challenge was to adapt their existing
F City Electric to receive a compatible fuel cell range extender solution developed by Michelin. With the new equipment, which provides an energy of 15 kWh, the F-City is able to double its autonomy and increase to 200 km instead of 100. The F-City H2 has become the first urban electric hydrogen vehicle to be homologated in France.
The first electric car with Active Wheel drive, built on the platform of Opel's Agila. The WILL is a front-wheel drive electric vehicle, with lithium-ion batteries, which seats five and features two trunks (front and rear). Each front wheel comprises a motor, a revolutionary electric suspension system, a tire and brakes. Just like hybrids, the Active Wheels recover energy during braking to extend vehicle range. The in-wheel motors are reported to be 90% efficient, compared to about 20% efficiency for a conventional vehicle in city driving.