Sustainably manufactured "aCar" wins TUM IdeAward


An interdisciplinary research team, working in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) Institute of Automotive Technology and the Chair of Metal Forming and Casting, has won third prize; with a vehicle for people in remote regions of Africa, the "aCar mobility" project convinced the jury of this year's TUM IdeAwards. The prize is awarded for ideas which demonstrate commercial potential.

Presentation of the TUM IdeAward to Dipl.-Ing. Martin Soltes and Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Koberstaedt of the "aCar" team (Image: Astrid Eckert / TUM)

Model of the "aCar" (Image: TUM)

Low production costs and an electric motor that runs on solar energy – that is how the "aCar" will provide Africa's rural population with an attractive mobility concept and better access to health care, educational establishments and the business economy. The materials for this modular, upgradable vehicle, which can be used as a passenger car or to transport freight, will be made from materials available in Africa. The "aCar mobility" team, with their project initiated in 2013, has won the 10,000 Euros third prize in the TUM IdeAwards.

Forty six teams entered concepts for this prize which is awarded annually by the TUM, UnternehmerTUM (the Center for Innovation and Business Creation at the TUM) and the foundation Zeidler-Forschungs-Stiftung. Apart from a total of 37,500 Euros prize money, the three winners also receive coaching from the TUM start-up consultation service and UnternehmerTUM which will provide support in launching their idea on the market.

Having finished an "aCar" prototype last year, the team is already producing a second prototype for the IAA International Motor Show in September 2017. Experience gained in testing components to date will be incorporated in the second vehicle. It is then planned to build an experimental manufacturing facility in which to optimise processes and minimise costs.

Also participating in the "aCar mobility" project, in addition to the TUM Institute of Automotive Technology and the Chair of Metal Forming and Casting, are the Chair of Industrial Design and the Chair for Strategy and Organization, together with companies and other partners in Germany and Africa. The sustainably manufactured vehicle had already received an award last October: the Bavarian State Prize for Electromobility.

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For further news on „aCar mobility“:
Mobility and sustainability for Africa – „aCar“ receives the Bavarian State Prize for Electro-mobility