Ford Unveils Carr-E Personal Mobility Concept – videos

NOV 8 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

Ford presents three finalists of its Last Mile Mobility Challenge, which attracted 633 proposals from Ford employees around the world.

The top three proposals (all with electric drive) are:

Ford Carr-E

Ford Carr-E

  • Ford Carr-E
  • Ford TriCiti
  • Ford eChair

The common denominator of projects is an innovative personal transportation system designed to fit neatly into the trunk.


“Carr-E – created by Kilian Vas, a Ford systems engineer based in Cologne, Germany – is among 633 proposals for personal mobility solutions submitted by Ford employees as part of the company’s Last Mile Mobility Challenge. The competition challenges employees to develop electric personal assistant devices to make transportation better in areas where vehicles are not permitted or practical – helping commuters reach their destination.

Carr-E can transport people or objects up to 260 pounds, has a range of 14 miles and a top speed of 11 mph.”

“The four-wheeled device is designed to complement the use of a vehicle and support commuters along the final part of their journey.

It can also be used to transport heavy objects. Users simply place an object on Carr-E and it will follow an electronic transmitter they keep in their possession.”

Kilian Vas said:

“We really need to reinvent the wheel, to find new approaches to mobility. When developing Carr-E, I was inspired by Ford’s expansion into both an auto and a mobility company, but I’m also aware of how rapidly cities are growing and how getting around urban areas will become more complicated. I really wanted to create a device that makes commuting easier and more fun.”

Ford Carr-E

Ford Carr-E

TriCiti – a folding electric tricycle that can be easily adapted into a shopping cart, dolly or golf cart

Ford TriCiti

Ford TriCiti

“TriCiti, developed by James Neugebauer, Torsten Gerhardt and Robert Spahl – all working in vehicle architecture for Ford of Europe – is designed to be both a rideable device and all-purpose carrying assistant.

The foldable machine can be adapted to carry shopping items and even golf bags, and can easily be taken onto public transportation or stored in a vehicle.

TriCiti has a range of 19 miles and a top speed of 12 mph.”

Ford TriCiti

Ford TriCiti

eChair – n electric wheelchair that can autonomously load itself into a vehicle

“Gunther Cuypers, Robin Celis and David Longin – engineers at Ford’s Lommel proving grounds in Belgium – developed eChair, a lightweight electric wheelchair with a self-loading solution designed to offer greater independence to people with reduced mobility.”

Ford eChair

Ford eChair

Walter Pijls, supervisor, innovation management for mobility, Ford of Europe said:

“Innovation and disruption is as much at the heart of how our engineers think now as it was when Henry Ford first set about transforming the way we move. Personal assistant devices can help people cover the final mile of their journey quickly and easily, as well as transport heavy objects they might not be able to carry.”

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Can it vacuum my floor too?

My first thought too. Looks like an iRobot.

oh yeah, and here’s the marketing video, complete with girl in short shorts getting dirty in the background.

btw have you guys voted yet? I don’t want to sway you but I just think I should point out that Australia is full so if you vote in a president who starts a nuclear war you are going to be pretty limited to as where you can go.

Haha! Nice.

Yes, a large majority of people vote in early voting including myself. I voted last Monday on Halloween. Which I thought was appropriate…

I also reasoned with a few of my moderate republican family members who were going to stay home in disgust to vote Clinton instead.

Should disaster strike, Trump win, WWIII start, and Australia be full…

I wonder what the Spark EV’s range is like in Antarctic winters…

If Trump wins better hurry to Canada before they “s*** now we need a wall”

That wheel chair will sell like mad !

Yea , People will be crippling themselves just to have one ! b Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

? That joke was paralizing

Oh great…now we will have more Obese humans requiring more expensive health care.

First step towards the hoverchair from WallE

I think the first one might be a joke. In German “Carr-E” is pronounced like “Karre”, which in automotive context means (totally) inferior car in a very insulting way (basically could be translated as piece of junk with wheels).

I saw Ice Bear riding one of these…

Last Mile solution? What happend with walking? Got american people to fat to walk?

My last few miles of transportation is easily handled by my electric skateboard. It’s faster than these other transport devices, can go further on its Samsung 18650 batteries. Its truly a “skateboard battery” chassis design, lol. It’s compact, fun, and at 15 lbs, at lot easier to throw in your trunk. I can easily go 10 miles of range, and pass up bicycles climbing hills, etc.