Recently, increasing attention is being paid to engineers’ involvement with Super Micro Mobiles (SMMs), and various trials concerning the development of SMMs are also currently being conducted in the engineering sector. Given this present situation, Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) of Japan is conducting a contest to encourage the promotion of SMMs, as well as to offer the opportunity to experience the excitement of manufacturing to students who will lead the next generation. There were more than 50 participants from all over the world including Japan, USA and France but only 27 were selected for the final round. We were the only team proudly being selected for the final round representing Sri Lanka. Final round results will be announced on 11th October 2013.
Super Micro Mobile is smaller than an automobile, for the use of 1 or 2 passengers; able to easily maneuver in small spaces, providing eco-friendly and easy transportation for local communities. The introduction and promotion of SMMs will subsequently benefit society in a multitude of ways, such as by decreasing CO2, increasing the vibrancy of local communities, providing a new means of transport in cities, encouraging elderly people and parents with infants in their daily lives, and so on. In this contest, we had to design an Electric Vehicle (EV) SMM having a rated power output of 8kW within certain boundary conditions. Design approach was one of the key features in this contest. Our concept was based on “Ladybird”. The Ladybird has always captured the imagination of children worldwide. It’s cute, round shape and striking colours identifiable anywhere, and considered as a symbol of good luck in many cultures. In our quest to design a suitable city car with public appeal, for both young and old, we choose to pay homage to our childhood friend, the Ladybird.
1. Lihil Subasinghe (09’ Batch)
2. Rashiga Walallawita (09’ Batch)
3. Vimukthi Randeny (10’ Batch)
4. Damith Madusanka (10’ Batch)