by Kefeng Liu

Institution: Umeå University
Year: 2016
Keywords: car; eco-system; sustainable vehicle; Humanities; Arts; Design; Humaniora; Konst; Design; Engineering and Technology; Teknik och teknologier; Master's programme in Transportation Design; Master's programme in Transportation Design; Degree Project, Transportation Design; Degree Project, Transportation Design
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2077196
Full text PDF: http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-125876


For  many  off-road drive   lovers,  planning a journey to  Tibet   is an ultimate dream.  However, the eco-system there  is quite sensitive and fragile. In this project I try to design  a sustainable vehicle that  could make us enjoy  an expedition to Tibet  while  protecting such precious environment. Research  about future trends, about the  environmental conditions, about emerging powertrain technologies and the Jeep brand helped me to establish my design  concept. Package  study, ideation sketches and clay modelling were used to develop both styling and functionality aspects of the vehicle. Digital modelling supported the fabrication of a quarter scale model.  Storytelling was used  to  explain the  concept and  the  situations that  Jeep  E-pic  drivers could meet  during their expedition. The result  is a self-powered all-terrain vehicle designed to carry  two occupants and their  expedition gear and equipped with various tools to handle  eventual maintenance and rescue  situations.