Advancing High-Performance Electric Vehicle Design with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
Accelerating Concept One DevelopmentUsing SOLIDWORKS design solutions, Rimac Automobili completed its first Concept One car in just six months, introducing the first electric supercar at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the world’s largest automobile show and exhibition. The Concept One will be produced with a total of eight units. Four cars have already been produced, and Rimac Automobili started the development of a completely new model that will be manufactured in larger volumes and premiere in 2017. “SOLIDWORKS tools really enabled us to speed up development, cutting 70 percent from our anticipated design cycle,” Tarnovski stresses. “Most of the development team came to this project having never worked in the automotive industry,” Tarnovski continues. “Although we came to electric-car design fresh—with innovative ideas and approaches—we had some nearly impossible deadlines to make. SOLIDWORKS helped us investigate new ideas quickly, sketching out rough proof of concepts, the best of which moved forward. With SOLIDWORKS, we’ve developed industry-leading technologies and completed development in a fraction of the time we expected.”
Lighter Parts, Optimized PerformanceRimac Automobili used SOLIDWORKS Premium structural analysis tools to make components as light as possible while optimizing them for strength, particularly during development of the chassis. These capabilities allowed the car manufacturer to completely forgo time-consuming and costly prototyping cycles. “We used SOLIDWORKS stress analysis capabilities on various suspension and chassis components to find ways to make them lighter while still maintaining strength,” Tarnovski notes. “For example, to support high performance and long range, we need lots of battery capacity, which adds weight. SOLIDWORKS Simulation tools helped us come up with a spring-loaded bracket to hold the larger battery pack and reduce the initial weight of other parts, as well as distribute the weight as much as possible. This is just one of many cases for which SOLIDWORKS Simulation capabilities let us validate performance while eliminating prototyping, resulting in a lighter, more balanced chassis and car.”
Expanding into Electric BikesIn addition to helping Rimac Automobili create the world’s first electric supercar, SOLIDWORKS solutions enabled the company to develop industry-leading technologies that resulted in other business opportunities for the young automobile manufacturer. “In the beginning, we worked solely on the Concept One,” Tarnovski says. “However, the technologies that we developed for that car, such as the use of four motors—one for each wheel—that are each controlled separately, the best car dynamics algorithms, and small power-dense battery packs—led to opportunities to develop other products, such as Greyp electric bicycles. Greyp bikes became a big hit quickly. We have delivered over 60 of them around the world and have our production capacity full for the next six months. We are succeeding—our company has grown 400 percent in three years—partly because of the speed with which we can develop products using SOLIDWORKS software.”
Overcome technical challenges and accelerate development of electric-drives, battery technology, and next-generation vehicles to successfully grab market share in the burgeoning electric automobile and bike markets.
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- Reduced expected development time by 70 percent
- Optimized chassis components for strength and weight
- Eliminated need for prototyping
- Grew company 400 percent in three years
Products(s) Used:SolidWorks Professional