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This proposal addresses the development of key enabling technologies for Light Electrical Vehicles having embedded photovoltaic (PV) on the body. The P-MOB project aims to break the link between the growth in transport capacity and increased demand on oil, fatalities, congestion and pollution. On an average day in South EU the proposed vehicle is aiming to exceed 20 km/day by solely utilising solar energy.
Amongst the novel opportunities (or challenges) the automotive sector will face in the future, will be the following:
The P-MOB project addresses the above challenges by proposing:
Mobility is currently based on hydrocarbons, whether from fossil fuels or those combustible from renewable (liquids and gases) sources. Most continents including Europe still have an increasing dependence on primary energy. Moreover, from a European perspective, there is also a comparable relevance on the growing dependence on raw materials, such as aluminium and steel, with accurate market projections and forecasts being severely hampered by global economic instability.
Nevertheless, concerns about the use of primary energy remain dominant, while user expectations also demand increased safety, and reduced noxious and green house emissions. For instance, expectations are for less than 40,000 fatalities in Europe in 2010 with the aim of less than 100 fatalities per million vehicles in 2015.
The main objective of the project is a radical reduction of energy consumption, raw materials, CO2 and noxious emissions of vehicles by a) presenting a vehicle with low weight and an optimal electrical drive train, and an extremely low aerodynamic drag characteristic, b) massive use of solar energy harvesting by the adoption of embedded photovoltaic energy generators, c) connecting the vehicle bi-directionally to/from the grid.