D2H Advanced Technologies has unveiled a durable, lightweight and low-cost body concept electric vehicle (EV) chassis.
The UK-based specialist engineering and technology company is developing a vehicle that is an emissions-reducing option for markets in India, Asia and South America, replacing the traditional Tuk-Tuk.
The chassis utilises a fibre-reinforced thermoplastic polymer, which is durable and lightweight. While the vehicle is still in the design stages it is expected be able to sustain 12 hours of continuous use on a single charge.
The project was initially part-funded by Innovate UK’s IDP15 scheme, which provides funding for industry-led research into on-vehicle technologies that accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles globally. D2H is now in talks with a number of potential partners in order to progress to prototype stage.
The miniscule weight of only 480 kg is what makes the vehicle very versatile for any type of market, according to Matthew Hicks, D2H Engineering Director.
“We identified a need for a lightweight EV chassis for use in India and Asia in particular, but which could make a significant contribution to the global fight to reduce emissions,” he said “A detailed design study has ensured that the chassis is able to provide a range of configurations that offer a solution to every need in extremely demanding markets. At D2H, we have the perfect blend of expertise to develop a truly revolutionary lightweight vehicle.”
According to the company, the final design, although meeting L7E Heavy Quadricycle EU classification, which exempts it from crash test assessment, provides significantly enhanced safety standards when compared to traditional alternatives.