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 TriCiti
- Ford eChair
"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.”
TriCiti - a folding electric tricycle that can be easily adapted into a shopping cart, dolly or golf cart
"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."
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."
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.”