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Urban Car Design

Credits: Mitchell Joachim, Patrik
Kunzler, Axel Kilian, Yanni Loukissas,
Luis Rafael Berrios-Negron, Robyn
Allen, Louis Basel, Raul-David
Poblano

This urban car design is vitally based
on the reduction of body weight via
an expandable pneumatic foil and
foam enclosure.  The materials
normally composing the outer body
of the typical car are 44% of the
entire mass of the vehicle.  Reducing
the mass thus increases fuel
efficiency and acutely lowers the
ecological footprint.  A concept
utilizing a pneumatic air bladder
envelope dramatically achieves this
weight reduction.  This vehicle
design replaces most upper chassis
and body components with
pressurized struts, foam, ETFE foil
(Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene), and
sparse recyclable metal mesh
reinforcing.  The intention is to
homogenize soft material usage,
increase manufacturability, and
design for dis-assembly.  By making
car bodies softer an effective green
design signal is unleashed.  In the
life cycle of a car, transporting lighter
materials to produce, maintain, and
reuse benefits its every purpose from
cradle to cradle.
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