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Trexa electric vehicle development platform – Click above for high-res image gallery

Are you one of those people who believes that, when it comes to developing an electric vehicle, you could out-think Th!nk, have keener karma than Fisker or more focus than Ford's EV effort? Perhaps you're just tired of waiting for a product that keeps getting re-designed and re-delayed. Well, now you can build your own damn vision of automotive perfection starting with the new lithium-powered all-wheel-drive platform from Trexa. Heck, given the scalable nature of this substructure, you can develop a whole range of vehicles! The team that brought us the EDrive plug-in Prius has taken that whole skateboard thing, combined it with the iPhone app concept and voila!, a blank mobile canvas awaiting your imagination.

Built with carbon steel tubing, aluminum and fiber-reinforced thermoplastics, the modular Trexa platform can contain enough lithium iron phosphate battery modules to carry you 105 miles with dual motors capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in eight seconds. Top speed is a claimed 100 mph. It has impact-absorbing front, rear and side safety structures to help protect you whether you have it outfitted as a city commuter or have it adorned for the weekend with a pickup truck app. There is a 6 kW charger built-in that allows it to go from flat to full in four hours but they also allow access to the main power bus so you could plug into a more powerful off-board rapid charger or, if you want to get fancy, attach a range-extender.

We should see an actual prototype of the platform sometime later this year and suspect some equally-ingenuitive start-ups are already planning world vehicular domination via the concept. If you want to keep close tabs on developments yourself, they're already Twitterfied, Facebooked and have a pretty cool website. Feel free to peruse the gallery below and tell us what you would like to drive.



[Source: Trexa via Inhabitat]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks Trexa & Clean Tech; cutting to the chase with an innovative multidimensional platform for us fleet guys to drive hard, give to the abusers, put through the paces and see what comes back
      • 5 Years Ago
      The concept of a modular electric vehicle has been around for a while now. Dr. Gordon Dower (Ridek Corp.) came up with it in 1997 and was granted a patent for it in 2000, this is probably the main reason GM did'nt carry on with their skateboard concept. Ridek Corp. has built 3 modular electric vehicles with the latest having been shown at EVS 23 in Anaheim Calif. (2007).Dr. Dower has several other inventions in the electric vehicle area and has written a book ( A Better Plan For A Better Place) explaining most of his ideas about the electric vehivle industry, quite interesting! His website www.ridek.com is worth a visit
      • 5 Years Ago

      This isn't anything new.

      Didn't Ford or GM show off a similar platform about 8 years ago ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, I think GM had a "skateboard" concept several years ago.

        But like most cool things that the Big 3 TALK about or SHOW, it takes a smaller, more nimble, more (cliche coming, hold your breath...) outside-the-box company to actually make it HAPPEN.

        This thing is WAAAAAAY to unorthodox to make it out of committee in Detroit.

        Of course, the proof is in the pudding, and whether they can secure funding, make a decent product, and sell it at less than $80,000 a pop remains to be seen.

        Good luck to them for trying to push the envelope on what seems like a good concept.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You may be remembering the Hy-Wire (Hydrogen - by wire). It then evolved into the GM Sequel with the same sled undercarriage. Then arounf 2006 it dissappeared from the radar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lot of people here are going to fall in love with this - I'm outa this thread before it gets mushy! :-)
        • 5 Years Ago
        actually it's terrible. see my comment below
      • 5 Years Ago
      hard to belive it would be very safe unless a body was installed by pros
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a GREAT idea
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its a good start. A standardized platform could be used for many different models while the standard design would drive production costs down.

      My wish list for an EV platform:
      in-wheel motors could allow room for more batteries and extended range.
      hydraulic actuated wheels for dynamic vehicle stability when cornering(automatic) and enhanced ground clearance on unpaved roads(driving mode selected).
      • 5 Years Ago
      VERY COOL!!! Wouldn't make for great crash safety or weight since unibody is really the way to go, but the customizability is well worth it.

      Look at that low center of gravity. Gorgeous!!

      The only question is how much?

      What would you guys weld up to this bad boy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The #1 cost in car R&D is getting it to pass a crash test. Having a skateboard chassis doesn't save you from that. That's why the most viable EV designs are glorified conversions of already-crash-tested cars, or 3 wheelers and NEVs that are exempt.

      • 5 Years Ago
      "Trexa platform can contain enough lithium iron phosphate battery modules to carry you 105 miles with dual motors capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in eight seconds. Top speed is a claimed 100 mph."

      Wouldn't this performance be dependent on the top hat put on the platform?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Trexa platform can contain enough lithium iron phosphate battery modules to carry you 105 miles with dual motors capable of reaching 60 miles per hour in eight seconds. Top speed is a claimed 100 mph."

      Wouldn't this performance be dependent on the top hat put on the platform? Or is this the performance of the bear platform?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Or is this the performance of the BEAR platform?"

        Putting a bear statue on this thing you then sit in while driving it around is a totally awesome idea! I'd call mine "The Kodiak"!
        • 5 Years Ago
        They've probably assumed a relatively light weight body designed for the job - we have a few cars and vans in the UK which are similar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The range figure assumes an efficiency of 200 kWh/mile with 21 kWh worth of energy
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