Small, flexible and electric: That was the premise for developing a miniature electric vehicle for short-distance inner-city travel. In the summer semester of 2020, eleven students from the faculties of Industrial Engineering and Management and Mechanical Engineering worked on this task across all courses of study. Since the number of users of small electric vehicles for short-distance traffic, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, is currently growing rapidly, the project group is faced with the question of which product is suitable for the so-called last mile and how its market acceptance is. Therefore the students conducted a market analysis and identified three different target groups. This resulted in the final objective of the project: construction of a low-cost e-longboard and preparation of an associated business plan. Each of the students - supervised by the lecturers Dr. Martin Bornschlegl and Dr. Dennis Böhmländer - worked on their own topic area in order to achieve the project goal: The development mainly included the construction, simulation and rendering of the miniature vehicle as well as the dimensioning and networking of the powertrain. These work packages were processed simultaneously and agilely in small work teams. In addition to the classic development activities, the students learned project management tasks such as time and resource management as well as the creation of a business plan adapted to the E-Longboard.
Special challenge: Due to COVID-19 the project took place completely virtual for the first time. For this reason the originally planned subproject "building a prototype" could not be realized and was replaced by simulation and rendering. Thanks to the support of the THI and the willingness of the students to use the new situation in the best possible way, the project could be finished successfully.