Team UMAKIT has a broad understanding and passion for the key concepts behind circular economy and frequently analyses future trends of electric vehicles. The team applied a strong focus on the idea of using waste materials as a resource throughout the process, deciding to collect and reprocess waste plastic as material for the vehicle’s 3D printed parts. They applied further circular economy thinking by redesigning the vehicle’s circulation system to reuse hydrogen fuel waste.
While using circular economy concepts in the design and build of the vehicle was integral to winning this award, Team UMAKIT also needed a vehicle that ran efficiently. So, they created an innovative in-wheel suspension system to revamp vehicle dynamics, allowing for the elimination of traditional suspension components. This significant design concept not only reduced mass, but also increased the overall efficiency of the vehicle, ultimately leading to them to securing the award for Technical Innovation.
The team developed an innovative in-wheel suspension system that improved vehicle dynamics and allowed the elimination of traditional suspension components. This enabled significant mass reduction that led to an increase in vehicle efficiency.