Future urban mobility will require more space for people and environmentally friendly vehicles, and less space for cars. L-category vehicles such as motorbikes and mopeds could be part of the solution, but potential users are put off by high prices.
The EU-funded EU-LIVE project will help make turn L-category vehicles into electrified, cost- and energy-efficient light urban vehicles that can be adapted to new mobility solutions, such as car-sharing and car-pooling.
The project is building demonstration models for a three-wheeler, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and a battery-operated electric scooter. Costs will be tackled through a ‘modular platform’ comprising a variety of powertrains, car bodies and components. This will simplify re-usability and flexibility, as well as exchange of vehicle components and systems for L-category vehicles.
In 2016, the project invited some of Europe’s top designers to submit their vision of a vehicle that meets environmental and consumer demands. Participants received a limited number of requirements, for example on size, number of passengers and number of wheels.
Three winners were announced in May 2016:
The cityFLEX concept will be developed into a virtual prototype that will now undergo feasibility testing.
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