2006-07 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

Personal Electric Commuter Vehicle

Calvin Doornbos, Jon Hjelle, Nathan Miller

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This project team addressed the need for an alternative to the internal combustion engine for in-town errands and commuting. The internal combustion engine emits its maximum pollution during short trips which do not allow the pollution control devices to reach their optimum effectiveness. A personal electric vehicle with the ability to run in-town errands was proposed as a solution to this problem.

This project specifically addressed the design of an electric drive system, the integration of this drive system into an existing frame from a previously designed human-powered vehicle, and the modification of that frame to support the whole system. The end result was a demonstration vehicle that takes a step toward the final goal of a fully road-legal personal electric vehicle that could be ultimately recharged using a PV panel; a step toward becoming more responsible stewards of energy resources God has entrusted to us.

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