An applied academic methodology for design and development of sustainable transport solutions



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Functional physical prototyping, in academic projects, has demonstrated to be an excellent way to validate and evaluate new ideas according to practical experience at the Product Design Engineering Department from EAFIT University located in Colombia -- This practical approach is very efficient in product design and development process learning, rather than only theoretical courses -- Teams of students, of product engineering design, are faced to the challenge of designing innovative new products, according to identified real needs, always taking into account the user and the context -- In order to take this process to a new level, it has been decided to integrate different challenges into a novel scheme to design value added products, specifically in the design area of innovative electric vehicles -- This kind of projects represents a great opportunity from social, economical, technical and environmental interests in Colombia, as electric vehicles became a main interest of several companies and local authorities -- It is worth noticed that Colombia is a developing country with a large amount of clean energy, as almost 80% of produced energy at national level comes from hydropower, being a good scenario to observe the real impact of zero-emission characteristics of the electric vehicles -- A successful academic case study for the development of the functional prototype of a small cargo vehicle for indoor applications is presented in order to show the experiences obtained with this kind of initiatives


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G. Osorio-Gómez and R. Mejía-Gutiérrez “An applied academic methodology for design and development of sustainable transport solutions” In proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN11), Barcelona, Spain. July 04-06, (2011). ISBN: 978-84-615-0441-1