2010 Geneva Auto Show: Light Car - Open Source
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In the words of Jörg Ohlsen Spokesman of the Executive Board of the EDAG Group, "the electric drive system offers designers and developers huge potential for the realisation of truly novel vehicle concepts, to provide the consumer with an unmistakable type of vehicle, namely electric cars."
“As the next stage, we have developed a special vehicle concept which makes use of the potential of an electric motor, implementing it in our technology carrier in the sense of a purpose designed car. Parallel to this vehicle project, the EDAG Group has also worked out a proposal for an innovative production concept which takes into account the specific demands of electric vehicle production."
EDAC’s initial aim was to develop a platform for small to medium volumes, which would involve minimal investment costs for tools and manufacturing equipment, and would not exceed an overall weight of 1,200 kg (including a battery pack to cover a range of 150 km).
"This upper limit had to be achieved. We wanted to demonstrate the fact that, from the point of view of overall weight, an electric car can still compete with vehicles with conventional drive concepts," explained EDAG project manager, Dr. Lars Röhrig. "Together with our eight industrial open source partners, we have used innovative CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) tools to develop a new lightweight concept, selecting low-weight, attractively priced materials and production processes, to ensure that all functions are provided."
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