New Electric Car Offers a Sustainable Future

In May 2011, the StreetScooter Consortium—headed by RWTH Aachen University in Germany—presented its forward-looking electric car concept to the public for the first time.

The StreetScooter project—which aims to demonstrate that electrical vehicles can be produced at a competitive price in small batches by a network of supply chain partners without the need for sustained government funding—was launched in December 2007 and is scheduled to roll out its first batch of 10 prototypes at the end of 2011.

The project could well become the holy grail for an automotive industry facing massive technological changes as internal combustion engines are gradually succeeded by alternative power units. And as many of the anticipated structural changes in the automobile industry are also on the agenda in other industries, aerospace and defense in particular, the project has far reaching implications.

For more about StreetScooter’s approach to product development, visit the PLM Resource Center

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