“Link” electric car concept bags the first prize at a design competion
Just recently a French magazine L’argus de l’automobile has announced the winners of its seventh Student Competition Awards, themed ‘Automobile Design for Social Utility’. A team of three students from Institut Supérieur de Design in Valenciennes, France bagged the honor of first prize for their ‘Link’ concept. Winners Damien Grossemy, Thibaut Dereymacker and Maxime Dimarco received $4,000 (€3000) and also and opportunity of working with the Design department of Renault. Here is the description about the winning automobile design – The ‘Link’ concept proposes a multi-user, on-demand system based on car sharing principles in inner cities. Special stations are located at strategic points within the city limits (no more than 400m apart), at which a user can order a vehicle according to their needs. The electrically-powered cars vary in size and shape, and when not in operation can be used as interactive information points by passersby. Special ‘green’ lanes – similar in concept to California’s High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes – also allow cars carrying four or more passengers to bypass congested roads.