Steel E-Motive Vehicle Concept

The Steel E-Motive program is developing virtual concepts for fully autonomous mobility-as-a-service solutions with a safe, convenient and comfortable user experience at the core of its design. We are designing a cost-effective, safe and sustainable transportation solution which is enabled by state-of-the-art engineering and Advanced High-Strength Steel technologies.

Global inner-city mobility

The Steel E-Motive vehicle is fully compliant with global inner-city driving requirements, the unique requirements of the mobility as a service sector. The compact design has 4-wheel steering and highspeed functionality. The vehicle is designed for a mixed environment where both autonomous and conventional vehicles will be operating.

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High volume manufacture

Designed for with high-volume manufacture in mind. By using Advanced High-Strength Steel and existing body assembly facilities and methodologies, the vehicle concept is ready for global production from 2030 onwards.

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Sustainability

The Steel E-Motive vehicle concept is designed for the lowest total life cycle emissions. Fully battery electric functionality eliminates tailpipe emissions. Advanced High-Strength Steel is enabling a lightweight body structure which increases vehicle efficiency. It is also enabling a reduction of the carbon footprint during the manufacturing process and at the end of the vehicle’s serviceable life.

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AESTHETIC

The design takes inspiration from modern architectural trends to enable harmonious integration with the city landscape. Vehicle sensors for autonomous operation are integrated seamlessly into the design. Glazing on all sides of the vehicle for an open visual experience and a feeling of freedom inside the cabin.

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Safety

The Steel E-Motive vehicle concept meets all current and future high-speed crash and safety requirements in an environment where both conventional and autonomous vehicles would be in operation. Using Advanced High-Strength Steel grades, the vehicle structure and safety cell has been design and optimized to ensure the safety of occupants in unconventional seating arrangements. High voltage battery is completely protected from front, side and rear crash events.

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Accessibility

The Steel E-Motive vehicle has been designed to ensure maximum accessibility. A very wide door opening with reduced outswing enables better curbside accessibility for passengers and goods. Additionally, a flat floor interior and competitive step-in height has been engineered to improve vehicle access.

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Flexibility

The Steel E-Motive vehicle concept has been designed to be flexible in its application, able to switch between carrying passengers and goods with ease. Configurable seating includes options for rear-facing occupant positioning and flexible storage goods delivery and luggage loading options.

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Unique battery casing solution

An innovative high voltage battery casing solution has been designed specifically for this vehicle concept. It is more compact and lower in height, enabling improved accessibility from the curb and a flat floor interior. It also delivers cost, weight and sustainability benefits over a conventional battery pack. It meets all current and future safety standards and legislation for battery packs.

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Two SEM vehicles driving side by side

Global inner-city mobility

The Steel E-Motive vehicle is fully compliant with global inner-city driving requirements, the unique requirements of the mobility as a service sector. The compact design has 4-wheel steering and highspeed functionality. The vehicle is designed for a mixed environment where both autonomous and conventional vehicles will be operating.

SEM vehicles on production line

High volume manufacture

Designed for with high-volume manufacture in mind. By using Advanced High-Strength Steel and existing body assembly facilities and methodologies, the vehicle concept is ready for global production from 2030 onwards.

SEM vehicle in ULEZ

Sustainability

The Steel E-Motive vehicle concept is designed for the lowest total life cycle emissions. Fully battery electric functionality eliminates tailpipe emissions. Advanced High-Strength Steel is enabling a lightweight body structure which increases vehicle efficiency. It is also enabling a reduction of the carbon footprint during the manufacturing process and at the end of the vehicle’s serviceable life.

SEM vehicle outside Berlin Bahnhof

AESTHETIC

The design takes inspiration from modern architectural trends to enable harmonious integration with the city landscape. Vehicle sensors for autonomous operation are integrated seamlessly into the design. Glazing on all sides of the vehicle for an open visual experience and a feeling of freedom inside the cabin.

SEM vehicles stopped to let pedestrians cross

Saftey

The Steel E-Motive vehicle concept meets all current and future high-speed crash and safety requirements in an environment where both conventional and autonomous vehicles would be in operation. Using Advanced High-Strength Steel grades, the vehicle structure and safety cell has been design and optimized to ensure the safety of occupants in unconventional seating arrangements. High voltage battery is completely protected from front, side and rear crash events.

SEM vehicle pulling up to the curb

Accessibility

The Steel E-Motive vehicle has been designed to ensure maximum accessibility. A very wide door opening with reduced outswing enables better curbside accessibility for passengers and goods. Additionally, a flat floor interior and competitive step-in height has been engineered to improve vehicle access.

SEM vehicles in loading docks

Flexibility

The Steel E-Motive vehicle concept has been designed to be flexible in its application, able to switch between carrying passengers and goods with ease. Configurable seating includes options for rear-facing occupant positioning and flexible storage goods delivery and luggage loading options.

SEM battery casing

Unique battery casing solution

An innovative high voltage battery casing solution has been designed specifically for this vehicle concept. It is more compact and lower in height, enabling improved accessibility from the curb and a flat floor interior. It also delivers cost, weight and sustainability benefits over a conventional battery pack. It meets all current and future safety standards and legislation for battery packs.

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