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Michelin Challenge Design Space Efficient Vehicle (SEV) concept car

Michelin Challenge Design Space Efficient Vehicle (SEV) concept car

Michelin Challenge Design Space Efficient Vehicle (SEV) concept car


Michelin Challenge Design Space Efficient Vehicle (SEV) concept car


Michelin Challenge Design Space Efficient Vehicle (SEV) concept car
Make -
Model Space Efficient Vehicle
Concept year 2008
Production year -
Engine small IC engine

The Space Efficient Vehicle (SEV) was a finalist in the 2008 Michelin Challenge Design, and was put on display at the Detroit Motor Show.


The key point is that the SEV offers a choice.
The Space Efficient Vehicle was created by a team from the Netherlands. The vehicles inventor and project leader Ralph Panhuyzen, and visual designer Steven van der Veen who translated the design into detailed renderings.

The idea behind the SEV, as the name suggests, is to use the space the vehicle takes up more efficiently. Realising that the vast majority of vehicles carry just one person on a regular basis Panhuyzen designed the SEV to reflect this fact. The SEV has room for 3 people in total but with little wasted space between. Sleek, lightweight vehicles like the Space Efficient Vehicle have many advantages: increased maneuverability, better fuel economy, lower emissions, cheaper production, the ability to use the existing infrastructure more efficiently and new design options.

The SEV is based around a three wheel platform, two at the front one at the rear, this offers a more stable platform than the alternate configuration and gives the driver a more car-like driving experience. Inside is seating for three people with the seats staggered to increase each occupants individual space.

Safety features includes a vehicle guidance and lane detection system to help the driver maintain lane position, a low center of gravity which keeps the vehicle stable, forward-located engine and active damping keep body roll, lateral movement and any oversteer tendency in check. This all combines to make the SEV a handy runabout, a time- and money-saving commuter vehicle, and a relaxing long-distance tourer.

Proposed power for the SEV could come from a fuel efficient conventional engine offering somewhere in the range of 75 to 110 mpg.




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