Jul 27, 2008

CLEVER - Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban Transport

Take a look at the vehicle in the picture above. This is CLEVER, a compact city vehicle for two with a tandem seat constellation and very low emission. It's length is 3066 mm, the width is 998 mm and the height is 1388 mm. The wheelbase is 2450 mm, the track width is 835 mm. The gross weight of CLEVER is less than 400 kg.

At the front there is a 17" wheel whilst at the rear there are two 18" wheels. As a result of its low width the vehicle is designed to tilt when cornering and has a computer-controlled hydraulic rolling system which results in a driving experience with zero lateral forces at tilting angles of up to 45°, similar to riding a motorcycle.

Its low kerb weight and a front-end surface area of just 1 m2 means that a gas-powered engine of just 15 kW can be used to power CLEVER. This will generate CO2 emissions of less than 60 g/km. Its top speed is approx. 100 kph, acceleration from 0 - 60 kph is less than 7 seconds and its range is approx. 200 km. Though it has a plastic body, an aluminum space frame construction will provide passive safety to the riders. via www.clever-project.net


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