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EDAG Light Car Concept Next Evolution - Lightweight Space Frame Debut in Geneva

 EDAG Light Car Concept Next Evolution - Lightweight Space Frame Debut in Geneva
EDAG Light Car Concept Next Evolution - Lightweight Space Frame Debut in Geneva

German engineering firm EDAG will debut a new version of their technology study, the Light Car, at the Geneva Motor Show in March.  The concept will have what the company sees as being critical to the evolution of the electric car: a lightweight space frame.

The new concept, able to be scaled for small to mid-size cars, was meant to show how an electric car can be built at a total weight of 1,200 kilograms or less, including a battery pack capable of at least 150 km.  This is 35 kilos less than the Tesla Roadster, and a whopping 265 kilograms less than the MINI E.

"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," said EDAG spokesman Jörg Ohlsen.  "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 design car."

One impressive development of the car is the ability for the lightweight frame to be adapted for other vehicles with "minimal investment costs for tools and manufacturing equipment," according to the release.  To this, Ohlsen said, "worked out a proposal for an innovative production concept which takes into account the specific demands of electric vehicle production." 

The first EDAG Light Car concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last year with an extensive use of a lightweight basaltic fiber instead of carbon fiber or aluminum.  Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the car makes extensive use of LED lighting.

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EDAG to present the next step in the evolution of the EDAG "Light Car - Open Source"at the 80th Geneva Motor Show.

EDAG, worldwide provider of engineering services, is to present the latest technical advances in the development of its highly acclaimed concept car, the "Light Car - Open Source", at this year's 80th International Motor Show in Geneva. Last year saw the world premiere of the "Light Car" which, with its innovative exterior design and novel lighting concept, is an independent design concept for the electric-powered car of the future.

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 design 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."

The EDAG Group will be presenting another world premiere at Geneva, namely a space frame structure combining the latest in lightweight materials, semi-finished products and state of the art joining concepts.
The result - the development of a scaleable platform for small to medium volumes, involving minimal investment costs for tools and manufacturing equipment, and not exceeding an overall weight of 1,200 kg (including a battery pack to cover a range of 150 km).

This trend-setting vehicle concept has been implemented with the support of eight industrial open source partners. So far, a unique approach. "With the idea of uniting specific technologies provided by specialists in a vehicle that was quite independent of any car manufacturer, it was our intention to create a technology carrier that would show what could be done now and in the future in electric car concepts, explains EDAG CEO, Jörg Ohlsen. With this approach, we can also effectively demonstrate the integrator function we have as complete vehicle developers. We achieve the integration of various technologies in a fully functioning vehicle concept that satisfies all legal and customer-specific requirements."

With its extremely unusual exterior featuring adjustable lighting elements and a space frame structure specially designed for electric drive, the EDAG Group presents one possible solution for an independent electric car designed for potential low volume production.

The Open Source Partners:

Linde+Wiemann GmbH KG, Dillenburg - Production of body in white structural parts (passenger cell, door, cockpit, chassis)

Honsel AG Light, Meschede - metal processing (in automotive sector, especially for the motor, gears, chassis, body)

Protean Electric Ltd, Alton (England) - Producer of the wheel hub motors

Böllhoff Group, Bielefeld - Joining and assembly technology

Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke GmbH, Nordhausen - Production of energy storage systems on the basis of lithium-ion technology

Bond Laminates GmbH - Production of semi-finished fibre composite products

Brilon (Organo sheet) - Semi-finished fibre composite products

CX-Gruppe GmbH, Stuttgart - Innovation partner for casting technology (development, prototype and tool construction, Inorganic moulding materials technology)

Fronius, Wels (Austria) - Welding technology

 

EDAG- Partner to the international mobility industry

The world's largest independent development partner, EDAG develops ready-for-production concepts and solutions to ensure the mobility of the future. The development of complete modules, vehicles, derivatives, and production plants is just as much a part of the service portfolio as the construction of models, prototypes, special vehicles, and small-series production. Besides engineering services, EDAG offers to implement complete production systems for body in white construction and vehicle assembly, through to the low volume production of modules and special vehicle series, from a single source.

EDAG is represented at over 35 locations in 21 countries throughout the world. Founded in 1969, the company offers mature solutions optimised for production from its intermeshed business divisions.
EDAG's focus is on the automotive, aerospace and rail industries, as well as providers of regenerative energies. In 2009, the Group had turnover of more than 600 million euros, and employed a worldwide workforce of over 5,600.

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 EDavis EDavis
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January 28, 2010 12:04 am
 Aleksi Aleksi
Very nice.. I love the shape and overall look of this concept, except for those a bit overdone rear brake lights. IIRC, basaltic fibers are from lava rocks? I remember reading about some american car manufacturer who said they're going to build a highly exclusive and a very luxurious car out of lava rock.. Is this the same technology?
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January 27, 2010 10:03 pm
 xLumino xLumino
Nice conception. But me interest more details of the frame-structure and materials... the rearwindow with it's projection-shapes is a pretty cool idea
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January 27, 2010 9:44 pm