A multidisciplinary team made up of graduating students from Polytechnique Montréal, the Université de Montréal’s School of Industrial Design and HEC Montréal were mandated to design a light, modular, high-performance and energy-efficient all-terrain utility vehicle that meets the needs of farm workers. The project uses a comprehensive design approach tailored to the user and the task.
This feasibility study will be used to support the Decelles Industries business plan to prepare the new product’s commercial development and eventually its market launch. The vehicle’s design is part of a project involving constraints related to time, technical development, budget, legislative standards and suppliers.
For the user, the concept must maximize safety, reduce discomfort, assist with task completion and provide the mechanical performance required to carry out farm work. The vehicle will have low polluting emissions and a low environmental impact in order to promote better energy consumption among customers who have historically been more resistant to greener approaches. Users welcome these new technologies because they are easy to use and maintain, and esthetically compatible with the context in which they are used.
The project demonstrated the technical feasibility of a product that achieves objectives related to modularity, performance and physical dimensions. Nevertheless, this initial attempt also demonstrated that more in-depth work is required to optimize the product and reach the desired manufacturing cost objectives.