Full suite of design renders

27 Sep

Here is a full suite of renders showing the design of the African Solar Taxi. We’re ready to start building.

  

  

  

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3 Responses to “Full suite of design renders”

  1. Mark Walker March 8, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Great project, just a few comments.

    Where does the passengers/driver put their stuff? If you are carting people around they will have luggage of some sort.

    Also when the vehicle gets stuck in mud or runs into a ditch or gets stuck on something, can it be manhandled out without bits breaking off. Is there a tow point?

    When cornering, will the passengers fall out? If a passenger is very ill and has little strength or is holding a young child what holds them in?

    Seats in the back seem a bit narrow for those with a wide beam. Perhaps a bench seat would be better – can squeeze more people in.

    Will it pass the moose test? i.e. is it stable where a quick manoeuvre is required to avoid hitting a cow crossing the road?

    • africansolartaxi April 30, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      Mark,

      Sorry for the very late reply. There are good questions.

      > Where does the passengers/driver put their stuff? If you are carting people around they will have luggage of some sort.

      We have been to Zimbabwe and talked to the potential users. The driver and passengers will not have a lot of luggage. There is some space between the two rear passenger seats, to the sides of the driver, and we may add a shelf behind the rear seat.

      > Also when the vehicle gets stuck in mud or runs into a ditch or gets stuck on something, can it be manhandled out without bits breaking off. Is there a tow point?

      The Taxi will be light enough that it can be lifted by two or three of people, but we will have to provide some grab points. We will also add some tow hooks.

      > When cornering, will the passengers fall out? If a passenger is very ill and has little strength or is holding a young child what holds them in?

      There are sides next to the passenger’s hips, as well as grab bars on the sides and on the rear of the front seat, and sills to stop your feet from sliding out. The occupants will have seatbelts. Babies are typically carried in slings tied to their mothers.

      The Taxi is intended to carry women to hospital a couple of weeks before their birth, but it is inevitable that we will get someone that is not well. We will make sure we have sufficient restraints.

      The Taxi will not be fast—about 40 km/h maximum speed. It only has to be faster than an ox-cart to be effective.

      We can provide a cradle between the rear seating positions for a baby.

      > Seats in the back seem a bit narrow for those with a wide beam. Perhaps a bench seat would be better – can squeeze more people in.

      The rear seat is designed to carry two people and not three. Because of the limited energy available, overloading will cause a significant reduction in range. We have worked with St Patrick’s Technical College in northern Adelaide to build and test a full-size mock-up of the seating, and it seems to work. But this is a first version only—we can modify the design if we find that we need more room.

      > Will it pass the moose test? i.e. is it stable where a quick manoeuvre is required to avoid hitting a cow crossing the road?

      Stability should be fine—it has a wide track and we have put the battery low.

      Finding a moose might be difficult. We may have to test it with kangaroos.

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