One of the real interesting things about electric cars is that they don’t necessarily have to conform to traditional car construction principles. Unfortunately, electric cars usually are produced by traditional car manufacturers who tend not to think out of their boxes. Independent research institutes aren’t that limited.
»EO«, developed as an internal project, offers a large number of degrees of freedom. It is designed both for cross-country trips and inner-city areas. This vehicle has been designed as pure concept car and is thus a platform for experiments with new technologies in the area of electric mobility.
The independent suspension of the »EO smart connecting« car is entirely configurable through four linear actuators.
This is why the axis is extremely mobile, lifts and lowers itself, performs a 90 degree-swing for a sideways drive, allows separate steering in the front and in the back, turns the vehicle on the spot, changes the morphology of its height and length.
Its size is 2.5 m x 1.5 m x 1.5 m or 1.5 m x 1.5 m x 2 m respectively, at a weight of 600 kg. Four 4 kW main motors and 16 longstroke linear drives with 1000 N and 2000 N allow for moderate speeds. A lead acid battery acts as a 50 V and 12 V power supply. 20 linear potentiometers and a current sensor make continuous reactions possible.