Ultra lightweight vehicle (ULV)

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Environmental impact assessment,Environmental policy and social systems,Environmental engineering and reduction of environmental burden,Thermal engineering,Energy engineering


Expectations are mounting for the next-generation of vehicles, in efforts relating to lowering carbon in the transport sector and smart communities


We have developed an ultra lightweight vehicle (ULV) based on the “more than a bicycle less than a vehicle” concept. By obtaining a registration number in the mini-vehicle category, this vehicle can be legally driven on public streets. At present, development of EVs is being furthered based on social demands, and the Multi-PM (Prime Mover) design concept has been introduced, assuming the use of compressed air, gasoline and hydrogen as energy sources. Another attractive characteristic is its appeal as a “regional revitalizing” business model in collaboration with local small-to-medium enterprises.


Growing within the discussion of smart communities is the need to adopt a car sharing model in specified areas. The demand for alternatives for delivery and commercial vehicles and for vehicles for tourism, moving around premises and for the elderly has been rapidly mounting. Furthermore, interest is high in developing countries where air pollution is a serious issue.


Thanks to ultra-lightweight design, it energy-saving performance is substantial. It has already completed test drives on public streets and a production system based on “local production for local utilization” has been developed. We are fast entering the stage of commercial viability with a view toward business model construction and mass production.

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posted: 2014/05/21