Gallery: Design your Own Electric Vehicle With the Trexa EV Platform!

 

What if designing your own electric vehicle was as simple as picking out the parts and plugging them together? Trexa is aiming to make that dream a reality as they unveil the world’s first fully-electric vehicle development platform. This svelte all-wheel drive platform includes everything you need to make a vehicle go – a battery, driveline, and power electronics. The design of everything else is up to you, and its modular nature means that it can be tailored to virtually any application – from futuristic connected tram systems for commercial fleets, to high-performance hot rods, to neighborhood-friendly EV’s perfect for a jaunt around town.

The Trexa platform offers an unprecedented level of versatility because it contains an entire vehicle’s drivetrain within one low-profile enclosed structure. The platform is highly scalable, so features such as range, suspension, torque, acceleration, and top speed can all be tailored to suit the vehicle’s intended purpose. For starters, the standard platform has an acceleration of 0-60mph in 8 sec, a top speed of 100mph, a 105 mile range, and a charge time of 4 hours (based upon an efficiency of 200Wh per mile — comparable to a Prius in electric mode).

Working with this simple streamlined platform, designers can build virtually any vehicle they can dream up. Trexa is also offering a vehicle developer’s kit complete with a docking system, steering wheel/pedalbox, and CAD models for designing on the platform, which makes this system as plug-and-play as vehicle design gets. You can keep up to date on all the latest developments from the Trexa team by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

It’s thrilling to see this level of customization finally available to aspiring vehicle designers in an approachable package, and we can’t wait to see the innovative applications that they come up with. What would you design with a Trexa platform? Sound off in the comments!

+ Trexa

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


17 Comments

  1. david.d January 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I have a great idea for EV need someone to help me bring it to market.
    Contact me please.

  2. funhouse1961 October 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Ok, here is what I can see. You build the bottom and another company builds the top. Now with that concept the customer could have several tops. Just change them out as you wish. 1 sporty two seater, 1 minivan, 1 nice car. Just simply change the top and away you go. That would be so cool, not sure it’s practical but it would be cool.

  3. David Forsyth July 5, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Hope to hear about your product developments as you release them.

    David Forsyth

  4. swaminathan July 8, 2011 at 3:56 am

    great idea. it is very useful for new industrialist,engineering student, auto-re designer.

  5. shaa2innovate November 11, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Dear,

    Good day, I wanna make my own electric car. how can i do that. can anybody help in this regards?

  6. Raam February 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    To answer some questions here, I’ve heard 2nd hand that the platform
    may cost just under $10k and complete vehicles starting under $15k,
    and that the first trexa’s might be cruising the streets before the summer…

  7. djaguacate January 30, 2010 at 2:08 am

    GM has failed a lot of times. So that isn’t really saying much.

    More details please!!! And maybe some pictures of the real thing? These look more like CAD images.

  8. sandumika January 22, 2010 at 1:55 am

    I very happy to meet with you

  9. rubytom January 21, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    how much does it cost for one of those things? it’s hard to even theorize developments with no hint of initial cost

  10. Amilkar64 January 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I like the whole concept. It is very refreshing and actualizes the true marketability of competitive, personal electric cars now and in the near future. This is the type of practical, utilitarian thinking that you expected from GM but never got. Jeez!…who knows “how” far advanced GM could have gone if they had not killed (intentionally) the Impact EV….and look at where they are now. Regardless of what they say or how hard they fight against it, “oilys” are going to see the realization of electric cars competing bumper to bumper with ICE cars. It’s just a matter of time!

  11. dtbaker61 January 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    sounds great, but missing any substantial details like Where and When available? Cost? Available body and running gear options? How to register and license for highway use when it has not been crash tested or DOT approved?

  12. Jess @ Openly Balanced January 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    @WBrook – great comment and what I would have written if you hadn’t already.

    I think the modular design concept is really exciting, and am glad to see Tesla pursuing it. I hope they make it easy enough for most people to learn to do, but even if not, surely paying a professional to switch things in and out on your modular vehicle as your needs changed would be more affordable (and environmentally friendly) than buying a whole new one!

  13. Roofcrops January 19, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    WBrook, I couldn’t agree more with your response to Jafar. In fact, I was preparing to write a very similar response when I saw yours come in. Innovative start-up EV companies, like Trexa, inherently have greater agility and motivation to introduce modular “open Source” platforms. Trexa’s vehicle development platform is being introduced at exactly the right time. For the first time in history, small firms have the ability to dream up radical electric vehicle concepts, like Tesla and Fisker, to compete with the “mega car companies” that have dominated since the introduction of the internal combustion engine. This is a prime example of Thomas L. Friedman’s “Flattening of the Earth” effect on technological advancements in every sector. As an investor in clean-tech, I personally find real value in the Trexa lithium powered platform, as many small fleet companies, custom car designers and builders would love to develop vehicle apps, much like how developers create apps for the iPhone, on a zero emission electric drive platform. All the complexities of building an electric vehicle are removed when one makes the decision to build on a Trexa. How can we not all get excited about having the ability to design anything that we can imagine and it be 100% electrically driven! This folks is a true game-changer. Can’t wait to see more from Trexa!

  14. EVroom January 19, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I’m really interested in the modular design of the car even more than the EV factor. How easy would it be to switch out components? If it were simple enough for people to do, it could save a TON of material. And if people could just switch out the aesthetic components whenever they felt like it that might be good too.

  15. greenrainbow greenrainbow January 19, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I think this is an amazing idea! So great to see such versatility in the electric vehicle world, this exactly what we need to see for these to take off. We need everyone to see what they need in electric vehicles and they will become the true force that we need them to be! Bravo Trexa! GM failed because they are wimps, here’s a company with some guts and a genius idea!

  16. WBrooke January 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Giants like GM failed with this concept because they are averse to risk. These mega car companies manufacture vehicles by the millions. They would rather take an existing car design and tweak the door handles to save one dollar in manufacturing on each of a million cars, or change the upholstery to add one dollar of value that the customer is willing to pay than spend tens of millions developing a concept and retooling their plants to manufacture a car that will possibly be a flop in the market. I think the real innovation in the automobile industry has to come from small independent firms that can take risks without threatening the economy of the whole country if the risk doesn’t pay off. There will be some who go bankrupt, and there will be some who have fantastic success. Until it is proven that people will actually part with their money to buy an electric vehicle, I don’t think we will see the giants putting a product on the market. I think it is great to see the modular design again, especially from a small firm.

  17. jafar January 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Sounds great but if a giant like GM failed at it years ago it ain’t going to happen.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >