The Michelin Challenge Bibendum is a major annual sustainable mobility event, sponsored by the French
tire company Michelin. In December 2008, Michelin announced that it was postponing the 2009 Michelin Challenge Bibendum event—scheduled for April 2009 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—until 2010, due to the economic crisis. That event ran from 30 May through 2 June 2010.
In 1998, executives at Michelin made the decision to host an event that would showcase technological research into "clean vehicles" and allow them to be assessed in real operating conditions.
"Bibendum" is the name used in France for the iconic figure known in English language countries simply as "The Michelin Man".
From 12–14 October, over 106 companies attended the event, with 40% coming from China. Approximately 140 vehicles were registered, ranging from passenger cars to electric bicycles and buses. Notable vehicles included the hybrid Volkswagen “Sun Diesel” Golf IV,
Ford Escape Hybrid, Opel Zafira Hydrogen 3,
Fuel Cell Vehicle,
Peugeot Quark and the
Audi A8 TDI.
The Volkswagen Mark 4 (Type 1J) was shown at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Shanghai. It was a diesel-electric hybrid called the Golf ECO.Power, which had a 76 kW 1.4L three-cylinder diesel engine with a 15 kW electric engine. The car attained a fuel consumption as low as 3.8L per 100 km (62 miles per gallon).
In the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2006, the ZENN received the highest overall rank in the Urban Car category. Various products and concepts were on display, ranging from new hybrid electric vehicles to next-generation fuel cell vehicles. Major auto manufacturers such as
Motors, Volvo, Peugeot and Nissan were present.
The Peugeot 307 CC Hybride HDi generated a lot of interest. It was a diesel-electric 2-door-cabriolet hybrid version of the 307 that can achieve 80 miles per gallon. The vehicle was in the concept stages. In addition, a diesel-electric hybrid, unlike petrol-electric vehicles, could be totally independent of
oil since pure biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine.
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