BEHICLE IS FINALLY HERE!
SIDE MOBILE BARRIER test was performed on BEHICLE#1 with spectacular results! Stay tuned for coming news on ODB test an Pole impact test on BEHICLEs #2 and #3.
Side crashes account for the second highest frequency of death and serious injuries. Compared to a frontal impact, there is very little space inside the vehicle interior in which to absorb energy and severe injuries to the head and the chest are common. In Euro NCAP’s test, a deformable barrier is mounted on a trolley and is driven at 50km/h into the side of the stationary test vehicle at right angles .
The BEHICLE project will deliver a safe, lightweight, performance enhanced and updated version of an existing urban Electric Vehicle EV, the Qbeak
With the determination of obtaining a Best-in-Class rating, BEHICLE developments will be focused on fulfilling safety requirements as defined by EURONCAP assessment. It will pursue consumption and electric range targets established on the topic, by integrating off-the-shelf powertrain and battery systems, whilst maintaining a lightweight structure based on conventional manufacturing technologies.
A preliminary crash test, performed at the beginning of the project, will serve as a benchmark to establish an Improvement Action Plan, from which a safer version will be conceived.
The improvement strategy will place emphasis on safety cage renewal, on energy absorption modules, as well as safety features for driver and passenger. The Body-in-White material mix will feature metallic materials and thermoplastic with metallic reinforcements.
4 BEHICLE prototypes will be manufactured and tested according to EuroNCAP requirements. Crash compatibility cases will also be assessed by virtual means.
It is the intention of the Behicle Consortium to exploit results related to the complete car according to innovative business models. The modular conception of BEHICLE will allow decentralized production and local assembly in the user cities.
This will provide with local job creation around all the European municipalities in which sustainable mobility by means of BEHICLE concept will be implemented.