Thursday, January 21, 2010

Electric Vehicle Platform Will Revolutionize Auto Design

A company you never heard of is about to revolutionize the way vehicles are designed. TREXA has revealed a new modular electric vehicle platform upon which third-party developers can design their own vehicles.

You put whatever kind of body you need on the frame - a sedan, sports car, utility vehicle, truck, or whatever you want. The TREXA EV (Electric Vehicle) Platform contains a battery, motor and drivetrain that allows designers to create their own auto body for this fully functional electric vehicle.

Where's the engine? Each wheel has its own electric motor. Where's the steering wheel? Designers can create their own "drive-by-wire" steering mechanism and place it wherever they want because it is electrical like a game controller not mechanical like a standard fixed steering wheel. Where's the hump in the middle for the transmission? The power is electrical (wires) not mechanical (gears) so there is no need for a big transmission hump running the length of the car.

The concept behind TREXA’s EV Platform is not new but TREXA may be the first to bring it to market. GM had planned a functional core “skateboard” chassis for their HyWire hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, where customers could upgrade and swap auto bodies while using the same powerhouse chassis. The big companies like GM are unable or unwilling to make the changes necessary to create the new cars. Small companies like TREXA appear to be the future for auto design.

TREXA EV’s target customers aren’t end users, however, they’re targeting third party vehicle developers who would leave the electric vehicle technical know-how to TREXA, and focus instead on styling, comfort and aerodynamics.

The TREXA EV platform is modular and tweakable, as the various performance statistics of the TREXA can be modified to fit the need of the developer’s vehicle. The standard TREXA electric vehicle will be capable of 0 to 60mph in 8 seconds with a top speed of 100mph. The standard TREXA’s range is 105 miles with a 4-hour recharge time, but each of these details can be tweaked– a larger battery can provide a larger range, while switching to a slower acceleration will conserve battery use as well.

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