The Tuk-Tuk three-wheeled utility vehicle is an immensely well-liked automobile in India and southeast Asia.
It sells by the tens of millions every year so creating a reputable successor could be a really profitable enterprise. UK-based engineering firm D2H desires to just do that, particularly launch an environmentally-compatible various to the aged Tuk-Tuk. D2H is main a consortium to design an revolutionary, low-cost electrical automobile chassis that has the potential to interchange the Tuk-Tuk.
The design meets the L7E Heavy Quadricycle EU classification, which suggests it’s presently exempt from crash check evaluation. Nonetheless, D2H says the LCEV chassis has been designed to boost the bar for security efficiency in its value section.
In its current type, the electric utility vehicle makes use of proprietary suspension, brakes and steering from a present manufacturing chassis, with front-wheel drive from a front-mounted motor and battery packs saved in between the rear wheels.
The design weight is 480 kg (1,058 lbs), excluding the batteries. “Whereas we’re designing for a low voltage powertrain, now we have no particular resolution in thoughts at this stage,” says Matthew Hicks, D2H Engineering Director. “Nevertheless, we envisage energy and cooling ample for 12 hours steady use – these are utility automobiles and must be saved in service for lengthy intervals”, he provides.
Consortium associate Coventive Composites has developed a jute-based pure fiber thermoplastic polymer for the panels fitted to the predominantly bonded chassis. The fabric has been chosen as a result of jute is available within the goal markets whereas additionally being light-weight and comparatively sturdy.
Moreover, fiber bolstered thermoplastics have diminished manufacturing cycle occasions and power necessities. In addition they permit excessive ranges of element to be molded in and usually require much less submit processing. The concept is for the chassis to be constructed regionally to the market it’s meant for, enabling the LCEV to compete instantly with Tuk-Tuk. At present, D2H plans to maneuver to the prototype and testing stage with the assistance of additional companions.
“The event of the automobile would require like-minded powertrain and battery suppliers, who can present sturdy and really low-cost options to petrol combustion models,” Hicks explains.
Along with D2H and Coventive Composites, the consortium additionally contains Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG). The challenge has secured funding help from Innovate UK’s IDP15 scheme.