Sustainable Design Examples

GM Skateboard

GM Skateboard

In 2005 GM introduced the Sequel, a drivable concept vehicle based on their revolutionary skateboard chassis. The chassis is formed by lightweight aluminium structure with integrated drive-by-wire controls, fuel cell stack, lithium-ion batteries and electric wheel hub motors. Fuel cell propulsion eliminates foot pedals, the instrument panel, and the steering column. The driver can sit anywhere in the vehicle. The skateboard can be the basis of many types of vehicles like the Sequel. By building Sequel, GM is learning how to make fuel cell vehicles affordable and more powerful. This is good for car buyers and can be good for our global society. GM says that vehicles like Sequel, which use no gasoline and emit only water vapour, can help eliminate auto emissions and help the world move to renewable and stable energy.

Strategies
0d) Functional optimization of product (components)
2a) Reduction in weight
5a) Low energy consumption
5b) Clean energy source
6c) Modular product structure

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