Posts tagged ‘Motorized Hub’

Electric Vehicles – A Case for a Modular Approach

The Electric Vehicle is a reality now. We will have many players in the market. We will have many succeed. Many will fail. The time has now come to emulate the PC market in terms of modularity. This will help bring down the cost as well as help after market service for failed brands.

What is modularity in a Electric Vehicle?

  • Battery packs. This could be a standardized pack which could be mass produced.
  • Human Machine Interface. Why not make this a open source tablet. Users could customize their driving experience.
  • Wheels. This could be a motorized plug in component to the chassis with built in brakes.
  • Chassis. This could be aluminum extruded per user configuration. So one could extrude a sports car version or a golf art version.
  • Body. This allows the maximum scope for displaying the emotions of the user. We could use the body to embed solar cells or even ink jet them on to the surface in various color combinations for aesthetics.
  • Electrics could be modular connectors much like the PC to printer cable.
  • LED light clusters could be modular and even ink jet-able.
  • In essence this could be a web configurable version.
  • Orders will be transmitted to the local 3D printing facility for generation and self assembly
  • Media system for the EV could be again a modular plug in component.
  • Virtual manufacturing with virtual companies

Reference:

https://dancrissco.wordpress.com/category/sustainable-cities/pemmpod/

The Copenhagen Wheel for the Senior Citizen pemmPOD

I recently read about a very neat motorized bike hub from MIT.

http://tiny.cc/q9zcE

The gave rise to some lateral thoughts for outfitting the pemmPOD with this motorized hub. The idea is to have a 3 wheeler version of the pemmPOD for senior citizens and the visually impaired. Lets call this the goldenyearsPOD

This would be perfect for a senior citizen complex like Kingspoint in Tamarac, Florida to use as an example but would have applications all over the country. Florida is sunny throughout the year to warrant the solar panels

Lets look at specifications.

  • Inkjetted Solar panels integrated with a capacitor pack
  • 3 wheels
  • Pedal power
  • Battery assist with capacitors optional
  • MIT motorized hub
  • Air bag chassis
  • guidePOD optional for line following
  • iPOD & iPhone enabled
  • Optional nano ink impregnated battery pack chassis
  • Optional PC
  • Optional monitor
  • Optional media station
  • Optional wi-fi
  • Optional auto navigation
  • Optional castor wheel in front

Lets prototype 🙂