3 wheels – 3 passengers – 3 key essentials (ecology, savings, experience).
A cost-effective, electric vehicle project carried out in collaboration with an American client and the Institut de Transport Avancé du Québec [Québec Advanced Transportation Institute].
The development team proposed two versions to the client: a utility vehicle for daily use (cost-effective, ample cargo capacity, significant operating range) and a more sports-oriented vehicle (compact, performance, driving pleasure, limited operating range).
Despite a limited production budget, the client decided to develop a sports vehicle by using an existing commercial chassis and a two-speed transmission, all within a manufacturing budget of US$12,000 and a maximum weight of 680 kg.
The chassis required significant modifications to be transformed from a four-wheel model to a three-wheel model. Following the optimization process, the entire vehicle weighed 712 kg, which exceeded the target. By reducing the weight, the planned operating range was lowered to 100 km rather than the targeted 250 km. A maximum speed of 120 km/h and a 19-second acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h are possible. The cost to manufacture a limited quantity of the vehicles came in just under target.