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GrabCAD challenge to design Urban EμV

GrabCAD, an online community of more than 120,000 mechanical engineers, has launched a design challenge tasking members to model an urban electric micro vehicle (Urban EμV). The competition begins on 12 March and will close on 15 April 2012.

The winning design, as chosen by automotive design experts and speakers at Auto 2012 Automotive Design Conference (including Frank Stephenson, Design Director, McLaren; Gordon Murray, Gordon Murray Design and Sébastien Stassin, Kiska) will receive worldwide promotion as well as prizes directly from GrabCAD.

The urban mobility market is booming. By 2015 thirty million scooters will be sold annually. People are buying them to move quickly through urban traffic, to park where cars cannot and to save on fuel. At the same time, many commuters avoid purchasing two wheelers because they’re frequently uncomfortable and only drive well in nice weather. This niche is so big that manufacturers are starting to create vehicles just for this demographic. Motorcycle companies are experimenting with larger and more feature-filled motorcycles while automotive companies are shrinking their vehicles. These companies are all fighting for the same consumers. We challenge you to create the most desirable urban vehicle of them all.

—GrabCAD challenge

Requirements for the designs—aside from the electric powertrain—include:

  • Ground-based vehicle
  • Three or four wheels
  • Small footprint
  • Single seated or tandem (1+1 or 2 seats)
  • Enclosed cabin
  • Small trunk capacity

Comments

HarveyD

Tata (India) will have it on the streets by 2013/2014 @ below $10K.

Engineer-Poet

The Lean Machine did this HOW long ago?

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