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Electric Mobility ChallengeElectric Truck & BusClean Neighborhoods
Universal Engineering Services
Saint Paul, Minnesota


This project enables access to personal transportation in low-income communities and access to jobs requiring frequent transportation like delivering or couriering. This solution lowers personal transportation ownership costs and enables mobility flexibility to said communities. Additionally, this project helps to reduce street congestion, emissions, and provides more options for low-income communities.  

The 2Narrow proposal incorporates a light, narrow electric vehicle that emphasizes maneuverability and accommodates either a large storage space or two passengers. One of the key features of its design is its small parking footprint allowing for condensed storage, as such this feature aims to reduce said costs. Also, this vehicle fits in freight elevators and other pedestrian only access areas where current vehicles cannot.

This solution offers disadvantaged communities an affordable clean energy alternative to owning a vehicle. While it can serve both recreational and commercial uses, our solution aims to increases access to jobs requiring individual transportation.

The 2Narrow solution will increase access to clean transportation for disadvantaged communities by providing a zero emission, compact, maneuverable personal use vehicle. This vehicle can also be used commercially allowing for a lower financial burden on professional transporters. It also has the ability to fit within standard door dimensions and can drive into buildings or elevators, providing extra delivery and service range. Additionally, it is less expensive than traditional transportation modes allowing customers more accessibility through ubiquitous deployment locations and decreased acquisition distances. This vehicle will use GPS for communicating directly with other vehicles to prevent vehicle storage locations from becoming overfull.

As this vehicle is compact, it has a small parking footprint allowing more vehicles to be stored in the same amount of space. Additionally, the vehicle has lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to traditional vehicles thanks to its electric drive systems. As it is manufactured with recycled materials and is completely electric it has a minimal environmental impact.

Success for us is to reduce the need for vehicle ownership within the Bronx, measurable by lower street congestion in commercial areas and more vacant parking. By reducing vehicle ownership, we hope to eliminate vehicle related costs like maintenance, fuel, and parking, as well as reduce emissions.  

Our solution will impact broadly, allowing all citizens a form of immediate personal transportation. This solution will increase flow of delivery services and create jobs in the related sectors. It will also reduce unemployment rates caused by a lack personal transportation.

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