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World Electric Vehicle Journal is published by MDPI from Volume 9 issue 1 (2018). Articles in this Issue were published by The World Electric Vehicle Association (WEVA) and its member the European Association for e-Mobility (AVERE), the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), and the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific (EVAAP). They are hosted by MDPI on as a courtesy and upon agreement with AVERE.
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Impact of electromobility on automotive architectures

Faculty of Design and Art, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, piazza Università 1, Bolzano, Italy
Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, piazza Università 5, Bolzano, Italy
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2013, 6(1), 1-8;
Published: 29 March 2013
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The introduction of alternative powertrain technologies has brought increased design freedom in spaces within a vehicle that were previously constrained by traditional ones. Such freedom will affect the overall architecture and appearance of future alternative cars. However, these vehicles require the design, development, and integration of new specific components that are not relevant in conventional combustiondriven cars. This paper is a short review of challenges and methodological approaches regarding the design for changeability in future alternative vehicle production and design, and in particular, of methods coping with interchangeability. Modularity is seen as an appealing design approach that supports vehicle manufacturers for a wider spectrum of different interchangeable technologies, involving both production processes and products. The concepts of modularity in production, modularity in design, modularity in use, and technical modularity are here presented.
Keywords: BEV (battery electric vehicle); fuel cell; passenger car BEV (battery electric vehicle); fuel cell; passenger car
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

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Luccarelli, M.; Matt, D.; Spena, P.R. Impact of electromobility on automotive architectures. World Electr. Veh. J. 2013, 6, 1-8.

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