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Creating the light urban vehicles of the future


Future urban mobility will require more space for people and environmentally friendly vehicles, and less space for cars. L-category vehicles such as motorbikes and mopeds could be part of the solution, but potential users are put off by high prices.

The EU-funded EU-LIVE project will help make turn L-category vehicles into electrified, cost- and energy-efficient light urban vehicles that can be adapted to new mobility solutions, such as car-sharing and car-pooling.

The project is building demonstration models for a three-wheeler, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and a battery-operated electric scooter. Costs will be tackled through a ‘modular platform’ comprising a variety of powertrains, car bodies and components. This will simplify re-usability and flexibility, as well as exchange of vehicle components and systems for L-category vehicles.

In 2016, the project invited some of Europe’s top designers to submit their vision of a vehicle that meets environmental and consumer demands. Participants received a limited number of requirements, for example on size, number of passengers and number of wheels.

Three winners were announced in May 2016:

  • The ‘cityFLEX’, by student Robert Hahn: a 1+1 seater that can be driven in open or closed mode. The easy-to-clean interior makes it an ideal candidate for car-sharing.
  • The ‘SightseeingTaxi Berlin’ by Jörn Lutter: a versatile vehicle that is part taxi, part tour guide. Tourists or locals can get to know a city before arriving at their destination.
  • The ‘Smart Mobility’ concept by Hugo Bricourt: a scalable platform allows the user to shrink or increase the vehicle’s size, making it possible to create storage space or carry a second passenger.

The cityFLEX concept will be developed into a virtual prototype that will now undergo feasibility testing.


Project details

  • Project acronym: EU-LIVE
  • Participants: Austria (Coordinator), France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Slovenia
  • Project N°: 653203
  • Total costs: € 6 713 338
  • EU contribution: € 6 713 338
  • Duration: June 2015 – May 2018