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The design of an economic electric motorbike for urban commuting in the Netherlands : describing a design method that implements axiomatic design and is tailored to overcome the challenges of electrc motorbike design

Kopinsky, Joël J. (2019) The design of an economic electric motorbike for urban commuting in the Netherlands : describing a design method that implements axiomatic design and is tailored to overcome the challenges of electrc motorbike design.

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Abstract:There are several factors that negatively affect the adoption of EV (Electric vehicle) technology. In general, the major factors are charging station availability, purchasing cost and range anxiety. For low-powered electric motorcycles specifically, the most noteworthy are range anxiety and purchase cost since charging of electric e-motorcycles is mostly done with standard power outlets. It is therefore assumed that if the operating range of electric motorcycles were increased and the purchasing cost reduced, adoption rate of electric motorcycles would increase rapidly. The problem with this statement and fundamental to EV technology is that the operating range is dependent on battery size and battery size determines a large portion of the purchasing cost of the vehicle. In short, solving the range issue without increasing the purchasing cost is difficult. This thesis documents a design process tailored to e-motorcycle design and aimed at designing for low cost, high efficiency, simplicity and manufacturability. This process is focused on requirements management to facilitate easy decision making in the conceptual design phase of the project. Furthermore, modeling and analysis tools are used to verify design decisions against motorcycle performance criteria and constraints, thereby determining whether requirements are successfully met. The strategy behind the development of the process was to start with understanding the system to be designed; then to identify the challenges of the system on the design process and selecting tools to overcome these challenges.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:01 general works, 52 mechanical engineering, 53 electrotechnology
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/79486
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