Island infrastructure offers opportunities for innovating on mobility and creating vehicles unique to islands and archipelagos.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE SUN AND WIND
In creating an electric vehicle fit for island life, there are many factors that work to our advantage. We want to design this low-speed vehicle so that it can charge anywhere at any time. This becomes an interesting facet to contemplate when you factor in the unique sun volume and wind that islands receive; harnessing the energy from both of these natural energy sources is a necessary step in concepting this vehicle.
LOCALLY RECYCLABLE MATERIALS
One big consideration we want to take into account when designing this vehicle is the cost and sustainability of parts and materials. In an attempt to create a car that is cheap and does not waste materials, we want to look to local materials that can be recycled. Bio-composites, like bio-resin filled bamboo weave, for non-structural consumable parts (bumper covers and fenders for example) for renewable replacement parts in case of collision damage is an example of how an island economy could support their own supply chain in a sustainable and cost effective way.
A great example of this is the ShoP Architects. 1,781sqft 3-D printed biodegradable bamboo pavilion that served as a public plaza at the Design Miami Fair. An impressive structure that consider a great source of inspiration for this challenge. You can read more about it in this Miami New Times articles here.
In its current state most islands do not offer opportunities for those interested in the advanced manufacturing sector. By way of using local sourced materials for manufacturing with a focus on additive manufacturing we can bring jobs back to the islands. Within this challenge we are looking out how to create sustainability within Island EVs, including creating a sustainable economy.
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