Technical Specifications (current as of January 2013)
Although these specifications are subject to change as we develop Urbee 2, you can find the current specifications here.
If you are interested in how the Urbee drivetrain works, please take some time to read through this document.
Additive/Digital Manufacturing (3d printing)
If you are interested in reading about the process our team followed to print Urbee’s body, please read this document. Another document that details the potential of additive manufacturing can be found here.
The Urbee team is still searching for a suitable engine. Some thoughts on our selection process can be found in this document written in January of 2011.
Additionally, we have applied for Industrial Design patents worldwide to protect the unique shape and layout of the Urbee vehicle.
FISITA Technical Paper
Designing Cars for Renewable Energy and the Environment, Describing a Vehicle Architecture Appropriate for Global Markets in the 21st Century
This technical document was written for the International Federation of Automotive Engineering Societies and was presented at the 2010 World Automotive Congress in Hungary. To receive a copy of the paper, please visit our donation page.
As we embark upon another century of automobility, the condition of our environment and our state of awareness regarding it, demands that we rethink how we design cars for a global population. As affluence increases around the world, cars will surpass two billion within this century. The associated negative environmental impacts can only be mitigated by designing into the engineering prescription of each new car the very principles of sustainability. This paper describes how the automotive industry should do this.
We must handle energy and materials in new ways. Important is a shift to renewable energy such as solar, wind, hydro, and bio-fuels. Shifting to renewables demands energy-efficient designs of a much higher level than we are used to. Reducing consumption by recycling and using less disposable products lessens the escalating throughput of resources, from extraction to landfill. Minimizing waste means buying long-life products that are durable, easily repairable, and hold their value and utility over great lengths of time. Only then will the natural environment recover from the damage inflicted upon it during the manufacturing process.
The automotive challenge for the next century goes beyond technical considerations. Do we want powerful, seductive cars which can be viewed as fickle fashion models that we tire of quickly? Or, do we want the environmental car of tomorrow? This paper discusses why, at the most fundamental level, we should want to own and drive a clean, energy-efficient car.
As a design engineer, I feel a responsibility to act, to initiate positive change. The goal is to create a sophisticated automobile that drives on the power of sunlight, harnessed regionally through a mixture of solar, wind, hydro, and bio-fuel technologies.