Engineering Concept of the Day: EDAG Genesis

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

edag genesisIt’s based on “the bionic patterns of a turtle”, says German engineering consultancy EDAG, and demonstrates additive manufacturing and its potential for components, modules and even complete vehicle bodies. This production technique could produce a bodyshell in one single process, a lightweight and organic-looking form, from the build-up (‘fused deposition modelling’, or FDM) of thermoplastics with carbonfibre. That means a lightweight but strong structure, with no tools needed to build it, and fewer constraints on shape or design. More here. On display at the Geneva Motor Show next month, more of a sculpture than a car as it is, but could be a foretaste of something.

  • The Czechs are doing multi-modal mobility: rather than build in more parking space at the Technology Park in Brno, they’re promoting e-bike rental and car-pooling. The commuter project is supported by the EC’s Do The Right Mix campaign and was developed by the Czech Environmental Partnership; more here at Eltis.
  • Magna International has signed an agreement with Italian firm bio-on to co-develop bioplastics for the auto industry. bio-on has developed a process by which bacteria feed off sugar beet by-products, creating a plastic material (yum!) called polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA). This is fully biodegradable in water (hmm) but could prove to be an naturally-synthesised material for automotive application. More here.
  • Pariss Electrique is exhibiting its Roadster again at this year’s Geneva Auto Salon; this French bespoke-build lightweight is said to be “currently undergoing validation and industrialisation”, with sales to start shortly (from around € 60,000). It’s the creation of Damien Biro, descendant of another clever product-developer…
  • And a drop-top sportster that’s not (yet) a production prospect: the Roding Roadster Electric (its BMW-engined counterpart, which is on sale, will be on show in Geneva). The plug-in version’s a testbed featuring a Siemens-developed motor-braking system with brake blending  – torque transferred from the electrically-powered brake to a friction brake at the front axle, instead of a mechanical brake at the rear, enabling a 70% energy recuperation.
  • Also at Geneva: Akka Technologies, an engineering consultancy, is bringing its Link & Go autonomous EV concept again;  v 2.0, if the Geneva blurb hasn’t been lost in translation.
  • Sadly, a demise: Mia Electric, maker of cute-looking little micro-vans, has gone into receivership, reports Transport Evolved. Well, those vans were cute, but they were slow, and absurdly expensive for their level of quality, so it’s no big surprise.

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