The Nano in retrospect
A senior graduate student in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology looks at the
development of the world's cheapest car and its effect on
Indian car users.
A different riff on your basic two-seat electric
Markus Lienkamp, Chair of Automotive Engineering at the Technical
University of Munich, is leading the Visio.M project, a German
government-supported R&D effort to produce a low-cost,
high-utility electric car that might attract the interest of the
middle European mass market.
Materials lead the way to vehicle mass
Reducing a vehicle's mass opens the door for a downsized engine
and transmission, a lighter cradle and body structure, smaller
wheels and brakes, as well as a weight-slimmed suspension. The
start point for this ripple effect is materials.