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INTRODUCING...BEHICLE !

ODB Frontal Test will be performed on March 16th in the UK! In this crash, the Behicle structure is put to the test.

Frontal crashes are responsible for more deaths and serious injuries than any other accident type. A typical scenario is a head-on collision between two oncoming cars at moderately high speeds. In most collisions of this type, only a part of the vehicle front width structure is involved, i.e. the two colliding vehicles are offset.

In the full-scale test, the car is driven at 64km/h and with 40 percent overlap into a deformable barrier which represents the oncoming vehicle. The test replicates a crash between two cars of the same weight, both travelling at a speed of 50km /h. Two frontal impact dummies representing the average male are seated in the front and child dummies are placed in child restraints in the rear seats.

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.