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Build your own KURT e-vehicle

The City-KURT e-vehicle is based on a lightweight modular and scalable platform. Kickstart your own vehicle by just buying an easy to assemble propulsion platform and design your own “superstructure”. A minimal platform will have 1 main box and 2 suspension boxes with wheels, a larger platform can have up to 16 main boxes. Each main box measures W 200 x L 600 mm. Additional adapter boxes allow to tune the length in units of 100 mm. As the vehicle is controlled by software, many steering options are possible (front or rear-wheels only, skid steering as well as crab-steering). Each pair of wheel is typically coupled in an Ackerman configuration while a torsion bar is used to improve the passive safety.
As each wheel has its own motor, the performance can be tuned by selecting different wheels, motors and batteries. The vehicle controllers can be redundant and using the platform sensors provide for a safe and flexible control. Remote monitoring and control over a smartphone is an option.
Contact us for a suitable configuration that meest your needs. Volume discounts avalaible as well as licensing and franchising options. Become a partner of the KURT family!

Kurt.mobi spreker op FSC Cleantech Community Forum

Kurt.mobi presenteert op het Cleantech Community Forum. Datum: 18 Mei, 13:00 tot 18:30. Plaats: Provinciehuis Leuven.

Titel: KURT als katalysator voor stedelijke elektrische mobiliteit. In de presentatie wordt vooral het City-KURT concept voor stedelijke electro-mobiliteit naar voren gebracht.

Registratie via de Cleantech Community website.

Hierbij de presentatie: Altreonic_CleanTech_May2017

KURT brengt elektromobiliteit dichterbij

Een artikel over het KURT concept werd opgenomen in Bits&Chips, nadien overgenomen door Mechatronica&Machinebouw. Voor de Nederlandstalige lezer biedt het een beknopt overzicht van de ontstaansgeschiedenis en het onderliggende modulaire en schaalbare platform. Ondertussen werd dit al uitgewerkt in meerdere versies gaande van een specifiek platform voor gebruik in ziekenhuizen, transport en mobiliteit in de binnenstad en zwaar logistiek transport op luchthavens.

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Altreonic’s City-KURT teaming up for “Witte Stad”

Altreonic and the pioneering Luud Schimmelpennink are bridging the gap between the 1970’s when the first shared e-vehicles were introduced in Amsterdam and today when the concept and need is more then ever present allowing sustainable mobility and transport in city centres. The result is a new form of individualised public transport, a hybrid between a vehicle sharing scheme and a public transport system (e.g. like the metro or bus).

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KURT meets Tesla: enabling urban electro-mobility

The breakthrough

Electric driving is the future. The concept is far from novel, but due to cheap oil and deficient batteries it was too early to convince the general public. That is about to change as mobility with traditional engines is reaching its limits. Batteries are increasingly becoming more powerful and affordable. Away with pollution, noise and traffic jams.

The ideal setting to launch electric driving is the city. Distances are shorter, the driving speed is limited and the call for a sustainable city, quiet, clean and spacious, is increasingly gaining momentum. Electric mobility makes that possible. The use of compact and silent vehicles opens up space for the pedestrian and cyclist. The only issue is its affordability, as electric vehicles are not produced yet in large numbers. Altreonic, a technological SME from Flanders/Belgium, has developed the solution. It offers a large and flexible variety of electric vehicles, named KURT. Based on a patented design for a modular and scalable vehicle, Altreonic is able to meet the needs of any application.

The key to success

Electric propulsions are compact by definition. Therefore, it does not make sense to integrate electric engines in traditional designs without changing the design itself. That is why Altreonic’s KURT vehicle was reinvented from scratch. The KURT vehicle is equipped with wheels that all have their own engine. As a result, there is more space for the batteries and suspension that are compactly stored in the supporting structure. Most of the weight is situated in the  vehicle’s body, a low and flat platform. Each wheel can be controlled separately, which creates much more possibilities than currently exist with traditional internal combustion engines. The structure of KURT is not only modular but also scalable. The superstructure can be specifically adapted to a wide array of applications.

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Steer by Web for KURT

Altreonic has demonstrated for the first time “steer by web” capability for its KURT vehicle. Using a camera input and a smartphone, the vehicle was remotely steered over internet using a web application. Even with the application server and the vehicle being widely apart (about 3000 km) and using a standard ADSL connection, the control was with minimal delay. This brings KURT in the domain of Internet of Things, enabling semi-autonomous driving for a fleet of KURT vehicles.

The KURT light-weight vehicle is completely modular and driven by a redundant software and hardware architecture. Internally, Altreonic’s VirtuosoNext network-centric RTOS is used to execute the distributed control strategy of 4 independent wheels each with their own motor. Further work will focus on increasing security and error resilience. For more information, contact Altreonic.

KURT is a breakthrough for Light E-Vehicles

Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx market research company : “Years ago I pointed out that the 100 or so manufacturers of car- like specialist electric vehicles should not design every one from scratch but have a common platform. They make no attempt to standardise. The industry is ridiculously fragmented. Altreonic’s KURT vehicle is one of the first that has the potential to overcome this uneconomic fragmentation”.

Dr. Bodo Schwieger from Team Red (an international consultancy firm on mobility and transport), stated in an interview: “Amongst the mobility solutions of 150 providers we evaluated, the modularity of the KURT concept is unique”.

(src: private communication April 2016).