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GM Bare Necessities Truck

GM Bare Necessities Truck

GM Bare Necessities Truck

GM Bare Necessities Truck

GM Bare Necessities Truck

GM Bare Necessities Truck
Make GM
Model Bare Necessities Truck
Concept year 2009
Production year -
Engine -

The GM Bare Necessities Truck concept was created by GM's designers at 'The Lab', a new collaborative and interactive design research community based on the internet. The Lab is a place where the designers at GM can develop and share their own semiofficial concepts. Most of the projects won't develop past the sketching phase but they will serve to gauge feedback and generate new ideas.

The Bare Necessities Truck is exactly what the name suggests. Essentially it is a utility vehicle which offers the owner everything they need, and nothing they don't.

During the development phase of the concept the designers talked to truck owners who were taking personal responsibility for the environment. People who were were cleaning up city parks, converting their homes to solar power, or cultivating green areas etc. These drivers wanted a truck which can do all sorts of jobs, but without needing huge amounts of fuel.

The proposed drivetrain for the GM Bare Necessities Truck features a frugal hybrid engine. Lightweight materials would be used in the construction to further increase economy.

In addition to the economical engineering, the designers wanted to make the Bare Necessities Truck look efficient too. This meant designing the truck with fewer parts, eliminating unnecessary features, and scaling down the size of the vehicle. It also meant using more environmentally -friendly materials and more durable long-lasting materials that don’t need to be replaced for a long time. Having two doors instead of four reduces vehicle weight and parts. Having a single piece bed simplifies the truck too.

It also meant shrinking the truck without giving up capability. The answer was to devise a reversible bulkhead that could either increase the cargo area or the passenger compartment. The bulkhead flips 180 degrees and reverses itself. This swaps about two feet of space between the cab and the bed, meaning the designers could cut down the overall length of the vehicle by 2 feet - further reducing weight. One person can transform the truck from two rows of seats with a very short bed to one row of seats with a medium length bed in under 1 minute.


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