eLink concept vehicle has won Michelin Design Challenge 2013 with its unique concept based on the theme “Half! Lightweight with Passion”. In the future, driving a car will become an expensive lifestyle due to the rising fuel costs, tolls and parking fees, especially in the city. Driving is not enjoyable anymore, it becomes less fun due to crowded street, there won’t enough parking spaces as well. People would look for alternative transportation, fun and eco friendly to travel long distance, and an electric SUV would become a nice reason to get out on the road. It’s a green way to travel without reducing the joy of driving.
Designer : Jorge Biosca Martí
eLink is a lightweight electric SUV with 4 wheel drive system, each wheel utilizes Michelin Active Wheel technology and there’s individual electric motor to control the vehicle direction linked to the steering wheel via wireless system. The body is made of stretched lightweight tensile fabric along with integrated thin film solar panels on a tubular structure made of Thermoplastic Composite Materials. These materials are lightweight, durable and feature infinite shelf life.