Building the seating buck

26 Apr

After an initial session getting a feel for the overall dimensions of our vehicles, St Patrick’s College is about to start building a “seating buck”, which will enable us to refine the layout, dimensions and construction methods. Whilst doing so, they will draw on ergonomics data developed over many decades for conventional vehicle design.

Ergonomics

Our vehicle will not be conventional though: we cannot afford the weight of a conventional petrol vehicle, so we need to keep things very simple and very light, whilst at the same time being safe, comfortable and reliable.

Our next design workshop will be at St Patrick’s College in northern Adelaide in a week and a half, once the seating buck has been constructed, so we can sit on it, practice getting in and out of it and pretend to drive it.

In the meantime, we are ordering our wheel rims and we are continuing our research into electric motors, batteries and suspension components.

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