Optimized Structural Components and Add-Ons to Improve Passive Safety in New Electric Light Trucks and Vans (ELTVs)

  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: STREP
  • Status: Completed
  • Category: Electrification (FEV/PHEV)
  • End Date: 31/03/2014
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars and Trucks
  • Website: http://optibody.unizar.es/

OPTIBODY, is a new concept of modular structural architecture for electric light trucks or vans (ELTVs) that will focus on the improvement of passive safety in order to help to reduce the number of fatalities and severe injuries. This new structural concept is composed of a chassis; a cabin improving current levels of EVs’ comfort, occupant protection and ergonomics; and a number of add-ons bringing specific self-protection in case of impacts or rollover, and providing partner protection (crash compatibility) while interacting with other vehicles or vulnerable users. Each module can be individually optimized. OPTIBODY, together with the less restrictive distribution of internal components of EVs (with less architectural constraints than conventional ones) will represent a unique opportunity to implement innovative solutions for passive safety in ELTVs. OPTIBODY, as a module-based design, has also important results in terms of reparability.