General Information

The Brief

Future urban mobility calls for more space for people and less space for cars as well as for environmentally compatible vehicle concepts, saving resources and minimizing local noise and air pollutant emissions. Motor vehicles in the Light (L-) Category already offer an interesting complementary solution to public transport, walking and cycling. Yet, at present, L-category vehicles are still not sufficiently attractive to end users. EU-LIVE will provide a comprehensive solution, which covers a range of three different L-category vehicles (L3e, L5e and L6e). The design contest is the foundation for the L6e-category. Your concept will serve as the sound basis for the virtual prototype. Send us your sketches of a fresh and unconventional car and submit your concept until February 14, 2016

The Award

The winning concept will be further developed into a virtual prototype targeting the L6e category. It will consist a package plan, a simplified CAD model (which will be built by professional 3D engineers) and a corresponding multi-body and aerodynamics simulation model. Moreover it will be used for a feasibility study.

Furthermore, a prize money of € 6000 for the first 3 winners will be awarded (first: € 3000, second: € 2000, third: € 1000)

The Requirements

EU-LIVE Requirements

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Hard facts

  • Dimensions:
    • Length: ≤ 2.5 m
    • Width: ≤ 1.5 m
    • Height: ≤ 1.9 m
  • 4 Wheels
  • 2 Seats

Soft facts

Make up your mind and design a fresh and unconventional ultra-light vehicle concept for two passengers. The small but modular electric vehicle for future mega-cities shall use in-wheel motors and be designed for a top speed of 45 kilometres per hour. Your concept covers the needs of individual transportation on the first hand, but also could meet the requirements for business solutions. Keep in mind that car sharing gets more important and could be a future use case.

Our findings show that users have a strong need for safe, usable L-category vehicles which are easy to park and allow a convenient transport of the typical everyday goods. Regardless of the vehicle’s top speed, safety always takes a high priority and the protection of the passengers should not be neglected. Your body design offers all weather usability and an optional alternative door or entrance concept allows accessibility by at least one and a maximum of three sides. Providing comfort mobility, easy parking and storage space will also serve the customers’ needs.

The Time Table

  • Applications Phase
    • November 30, 2015 – February 14, 2016
  • Notification of Winners
    • February 29, 2016
  • Redesign Phase
    • February 29 – March 30, 2016
  • Official Announcement Winners
    • April 18, 2016

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The Judging Process

The jury members were selected and nominated carefully in respective to their previous work and their expertise in the EU-LIVE project. For the design contest we choose 4 designers, 3 from the EU-LIVE consortium (Peugeot Scooter, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Spirit Design) and 1 external expert from the Pforzheim University. To cover the technical perspective 3 engineers from the EU-LIVE consortium have been selected (Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen, Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and Virtual Vehicle). All members of the jury are listed below.

  • How will the jury rate my design?
    • Fulfilment of the requirements 35 %
    • Originality of the design 35 %
    • Quality of the design 15 %
    • Opportunity for series production readiness 15%

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The FAQs

  • Who can submit?
    • Students of industrial design, transportation design, engineering as well as other relevant fields
    • Professional designers and experts in relevant fields
  • How do I submit my design?
    • Fill in your information and upload your design. No prior registration is necessary
  • What do I have to submit?
    • One pdf-file with a maximum of 5 pages and a size of no more than 10 mb
  • What are we looking for?
    • Sketches of your vehicle
    • A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 pictures
    • At least two different perspectives (desired perspective: three-quarter front)
  • What will be required during the redesign phase?
    • Originating from the jury’s feedback you might be asked to adapt your design to package components or to meet demands for better series production. In order to prepare your design for the virtual prototype, you will be assisted by professional 3D engineers.
  • What is the L6e-category?
    • A L6e-(B) vehicle is a small (l ≤ 3 m, w ≤ 1.5 m, h ≤ 2.5m) light quadric-mobile with a maximum power of 6 kW and an enclosed driving and passenger compartment which is accessible by a maximum of three sides. It has 4 wheels, a top speed ≤ 45 km/h and a mass in running order ≤ 425 kg (excl. battery).
    • For further information see the regulation of the EU: L-category vehicle EU type-approval legislation
  • Are there any restrictions to participate?
    • There is an age limitation: you must be 18 by the date of submitting your design concept and at least be of legal age in your country of origin.
  • Can we participate as a team?
    • Yes, you can participate as an individual or as a team.
    • As a team: please add all team member names to your sketches and inform us via email concerning all members including their contact information
  • Is there any charge?
    • No, there is no charge at any stage of the design contest.
  • What/Who is EU-LIVE? And what are its objectives?
    • The EU-LIVE project is being carried out by an international consortium with comprehensive expertise in the areas connected with mobility and automotive development. It represents a promising mix of leading industrial companies and knowledge centres perfectly able to respond to the future challenges of urban mobility. The consortium consists of major European manufacturers of passenger cars and L-category vehicles, Tier 1 suppliers of components and sub-systems, SMEs and research centres specialized in mobility and the automotive sector. The know-how of this interdisciplinary think-tank, which covers the complete value chain of vehicle design, development and production, ensures the sustainable market exploitation of the project results.
  • Who stands behind the EU-LIVE project?
    • For more information please click here: Partners
  • How does EU-LIVE handle intellectual property?
    • Before submitting your designs, you have to agree to the rules and procedures of the EU-LIVE design contest. The intellectual property remains with the contender(s), however, the participant(s) allow EU-LIVE and its members the use, publication and re-utilisation of his/their designs for marketing, publishing, development and other unspecified uses without further notification. The contender(s) further agree to be named and their designs to be displayed on the EU-LIVE website as well as in official documents linked to EU-LIVE and EU-LIVE members’ projects without further compensation. Marketing, publication, development, etc. includes advertising, scientific papers, dissertations and further undisclosed uses. However the designer(s) has to be named as the owner and creator of the intellectual property at any time.
  • Any questions?

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