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Vehicule 333

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.


   01/09/2006 — 15/04/2007


  • Shockwave Motors (USA), Customer
  • ITAQ, Customer
  • Didier Moretti, project lead
  • François-Olivier Dagneau, design
  • Louis Drouin, design
  • Alexandre Bergeron, mechanical eng.
  • Maxime Bizier, mechanical eng.
  • Valéry Bray, mechanical eng.
  • Renaud D'André, mechanical eng.
  • Philippe Laflèche, mechanical eng.
  • Martin Lamothe, mechanical eng.
  • Abel-Jalil Mouhaddir, mechanical eng.
  • Bouazza Moustaoui, mechanical eng.
  • Jean-Philippe Pigeon, mechanical eng.
  • Louis Plancq, mechanical eng.
  • Frédéric Séguin-Perron, mechanical eng.
  • Aurelian Vadean, Course responsible
  • Daniel Spooner, engineer in residence
  • Pierre De Coninck, responsible design
  • Pierre Savoie, external design tutor


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