The objective of this program was to develop a new autobody structure for a near term electric vehicle application. Design criteria for the structure specified lightweight, durable construction which was to meet current Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
Accomplishments on the program to date have included the conceptual and detail design, test, and prototype fabrication of an autobody structure which has been constructed almost totally from fiberglass-reinforced plastic. Parts have generally been designed to be compatible with the sheet molding compound (SMC) process. The plastic structure has been demonstrated through sub-scale testing to be capable of meeting the 30 mph barrier crash requirements.