Under the theme - Future Light Urban Electric Vehicles, the project will have high impact on the construction of new technologies, business models, ultra lightweight structures and components for small urban vehicles.
Ultra-Light Vehicles (ULV) intrinsically have a better efficiency due to their improved transport capability per vehicle mass. Additionally improved driving dynamics performance can more easily be achieved, because of the reduced mass. However, the design of ULV sharing the same road with heavier cars represents a complex technical challenge for achieving acceptable safety levels.
Consumers buy a new vehicle because of many and diverse reasons, including purchase price (one of the main concerns of the majority of buyers when approaching to purchase a new vehicle), depreciation rate, styling, performance and handling, brand preference and social image.