We are now crowd-funding to create the greenest car on Earth.
You can help us design, build, and demonstrate URBEE-2 to the world.
We will need to raise 1 million dollars over 3 months.
Donate now and become part of the solution.
Join us on this adventure. Make history.
Donations of $500 or more:
The Urbee Story, in North American DVD format, is a professional documentary by Greenwich Productions that tells how the first Urbee prototype was created from scratch.
As a token of our appreciation, when you donate $500 or more, we will send you a boxed copy of the Urbee documentary (make sure to provide us with your shipping address). You can watch this entertaining and informative DVD while feeling good that the majority of your donation is helping advance this important project closer to production. Be sure to watch the video trailer below.
Donations of $50 or more:
For donations of $50 Canadian or more, you will receive a pdf copy of our FISITA technical paper titled “Designing Cars for Renewable Energy and the Environment, describing a vehicle architecture appropriate for global markets in the 21st century”. The FISITA paper best describes the philosophy behind URBEE and was first presented at the 2010 World Automotive Congress in Hungary.
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.