Antistatic E-3POD concept wins Citroen design award, the Electric Tripod (E-3POD) is a new typology of electric vehicles aimed for urban commuting.The strategic positioning of the vehicle segment aims to appeal to the masses of people who have doubts about changing their cars for electric cars and it’s an ultralight, micro segment electric three-wheeler with the driver sitting inside a large hub-less third wheel…….
The student designer created a three-wheeled concept for Citroën that attempts to tackle the problem of urban transport in a more innovative way than Smart and other mini-car manufacturers by packaging a single driver inside a large hubless wheel. Details on the powertrain are minimal, but a small battery sends power to a motor motivating the two front wheels and the entire structure tilts back to provide increased stability at speed.Heikki Juvonen’s E-3POD Antistatic was chosen as the best overall design by representatives from Citroën’s Style Centre and Electric Vehicle Development Team. His single-seat creation is a bold and engaging take on an urban three wheel electric vehicle. The distinctive, aerodynamic styling features two smaller wheels at the front with the driver sitting inside a larger third wheel with an innovative hub-less design. As his prize, Heikki receives a six month employment contract to work at the prestigious PSA Design Centre in Paris.
Citroën had significant involvement throughout the Double Challenge project, providing industry figures to lend the students their expertise and experience, as well as organising a trip to the PSA Design Centre and Le Conservatoire, Citroën’s in-house museum of historic models.The RCA is the only exclusively postgraduate art and design university. The college’s Automotive Design course has been in existence for 40 years and is the oldest of its kind in Europe.Junoven‘s creation was good enough to land the best overall design award at the Royal College of Art’s Interim Degree Show in London and a six-month contract to intern at the PSA design center in Paris where he’ll be working alongside Citroën and Peugeot’s stylists.