Simon Curlis

Melbourne is projected to host 7.7 million citizens in 2051 as the population densifies and climate change creates more weather impacts with greater frequency, our transport systems and infrastructure will be overwhelmed. As such it is wise to observe mobility service systems that work in densely populated cities and more impactive conditions than we are likely to face. Hence the humble auto rickshaw offers a new element to work within territories within the city and urban centres of Melbourne. A re-design is in order, the iconic Indian auto rickshaw is an evolution of the Vespa Ape invented by Vespa creator Corradino D’Ascanio and first manufactured in 1948 by the Italian company Piaggio, though primarily designed for carrying freight has also been widely used as an auto rickshaw. Now Indian manufacturer Bajaj Auto holds market share and produces variants in CNG, LPG, Diesel and EV, these vehicle continue to be agile and nimble amongst cyclists, cars and busses and offer independent employment for many drivers in larger cities and smaller towns. The future of mobility is one of smaller light-weight agile vehicles, and intelligent materials and reduced and intelligent energy consumption. This is the third studio to address Indian Transport Icons, the first 2 being the Ambassador Taxi and Royal Enfield. In this Studio we will reimagine and present “Advanced Design” for the Auto Rickshaw, also known as the Tuk tuk elsewhere in Asia. In this studio you will design and develop a new concept for 3-wheeler mobility unit, sketch your concepts, present CAD prototype, utilises digital manufacturing methods to produce a concept model present your concept through highly developed skill-set.

Keywords: CAD | Rapid prototyping | Composites | Mobility Design | Vehicle Styling

Pervious studios run in this manner:
RE | Design Studio
Bespoke Maker of Cars
Eco Moto
Tico: Project EV