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Marcos Costa
Transportation Design
Brazil
+46 73 810 05 07

Description Inspiration Method Final Design

Due to the increasing concerns about climate change and energy supply in the coming years, the private transportation sector can play an important role in decreasing our carbon footprint and energy consumption. However, the design of a vehicle should not only consider its own impact, but also ponder the relevance of supply-chain logistics, production and disposal.

An analysis on power sources indicated that the use of batteries would be the best choice to work with. However, some technological barriers have delayed the introduction of this theory on regular, primary vehicles. Thereby, the approach to this problem must take place in alternative and secondary vehicles. With the user profile and technological boundaries determined, a set of constrains defined the product outcome, both for technical and style perspectives.

Applying the theory of computer networking, the concept of batch production was extended to net production (also known as postponement) allowing; production flexibility, reducing corporate expansion costs, lowering CO2 emissions, helping demographic distribution, and city planning. The use of existing distribution networks excludes the requirement for special transport, such as car carriers and ships, both of which are inefficient and expensive.

The vehicle consists of 2 main components, an upper and lower body. This design allows the vehicle to be produced and assembled without the use of standard welding and painting techniques. The electronic modules are placed in the lowest, center area of the package, allocating the center of gravity below the roll center and providing safety in case of crashing. For simple and convenient recharging, the use of induction coupling technology permits the vehicle to be recharged during parking times.

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