Urban EV

Urban EV aims to demonstrate new lighter and affordable architectures for the principal components of vehicles of its kind.

Urban EV is a collaborative project co-financed by the European Commision under the 7th Framework Programme. The project is associated to the SEAM cluster for automotive EU R&D Projects. Urban EV started in September 2013 and will last until August 2016.

The project includes 10 partners with complementary expertise from 5 countries (Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain and Turkey).

Objectives of Urban EV

The main objective is to apply innovative manufacturing technologies and materials to produce prototypes of a 2-seat urban electric vehicle, achieve a purely electric range in urban conditions of 150 km, a weight reduction of 17% compared to the initial prototype, and to fulfill specification of the European L7e vehicle class.

To do so, the consortium will design, manufacture and demonstrate new concepts in all major systems of the vehicle. The starting point of development is the Casple-EV. The Main construction materials will be light alloys and low cost polymeric composites applying high integrity manufacturing processes.

Part of thinkstep in the project

thinkstep is leader of the WP5 in the project, which is responsible for the environmental analysis of the new vehicle. WP5 will generate LCA models for the new Urban EV.

The LCA includes all stages of the life cycle. This involves environmental results for the applied materials and vehicle part production, and an analysis of the mass induced electricity savings due to weight reduction during the use phase. thinkstep will also analyze end-of-life strategies for the Urban EV concept.