D2H Advanced Technologies, the UK-based engineering and technology company, developed an innovative low-cost electric vehicle chassis. The company targeted Southeast Asian markets, replacing the region’s traditional compact vehicle known as the tuk-tuk. Two low-cost options were shown — the flat bed and the box van, providing a solution for a wide range of applications.
“The bodywork options demonstrate the versatility of the lightweight new EV chassis – there is a configuration suitable for any use and all at a similar, projected low-cost price point that directly competes with existing Tuk-Tuk alternatives,” says 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. 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.”
The chassis uses a fiber-reinforced thermoplastic polymer that is durable and lightweight. The final design meets the European L7E heavy ATV classification and provides significantly increased safety standards over traditional alternatives.
The drive and power supply system are designed to provide the 480 kg vehicle with up to 12 hours of continuous operation on a single charge. The front wheel drive chassis will be driven by the electric motor located in front with battery packs between the rear wheels or in the middle of the chassis, depending on range and configuration.
“Getting to the prototype stage will be a significant milestone,” concludes Hicks. “Our modelling tells us the chassis design will do everything we ask of it, but we are looking forward to seeing everything come together into a physical vehicle.”