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The Strike 3000 is an electric, three-wheeled vehicle designed to revolutionize the way people travel. This vehicle will be the first of its kind to be designed for operation while standing rather than sitting like all current market designs. It is designed to create a healthier lifestyle to help combat the sedentary lives that many people are being forced to live, to be a comfortable, safe, and affordable mode of transportation for short-distance, everyday travel. It will include several cubic feet of storage space for things like groceries, small packages and other common cargo items. To be up to the leading edge of vehicle technology, this design also use a zero-emissions electric drive system using a 8.1kW LiFePO4 battery and a 10kW brush-less DC motor.
The objective of this project is to design, test, and, at least in part, construct the vehicle by May 2017. Unfortunately, construction of the the vehicle was not implemented, but the design for the chassis and roll cage was finalized after consulting the Baja SAE 2017 rules and regulations and the NHTSA safety regulations, which were used as the primary design template along with the project sponsor, Ken Howes for aesthetic preferences. Once that was established, the components of the suspension system were designed based on the dimensions of the chassis. The steering system and the wheel knuckle were simultaneously researched and designed in the same manner.
Because of unforeseen hurdles, time constraints, and underestimation of the costs of designing and building a vehicle prototype, other systems and components of the Strike have been re-prioritized and have not be receiving as much attention as it previously had. Instead how to go about continuing the design and build process is detailed in this report to provide constructive suggestions and recommendations to the future design teams of the Strike 3000.
DiPalma, Joseph; Qualben, Matthew; Richardson, Alexander; and Rodriguez, Jeric, "STRIKE 3000 Electric Trike" (2017). Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Projects. Paper 22.