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The Protocar Lampo is only a showcar that can convince passive and even skeptic decision makers that modern electric vehicles allow the greatest driving pleasure, and showing that battery driven vehicles represent the most suitable short-term solution.

The main goal is to develop a fully functional showcar that can convince passive and even skeptic decision makers that modern electric vehicles allow the greatest driving pleasure, and showing that battery driven vehicles represent the most suitable short-term solution. This conviction simply ought to be generated by the EXPERIENCE OF DRIVING the prototype – the first time in May 2009 in Norway, where LAMPO will participate in the EVS-24 rally organized between Oslo and Stavanger (www.vikingrally.no).

Through LAMPO, Protoscar and its partners aim to be able to demonstrate the innovative technology which includes absolute innovations like „intelligent charging“ or interactive GPS-based „range estimator“ – and discuss potential applications together with car manufacturers, in order to implement these solutions in their plans for future CleanCars.

Why is Protoscar unique in its line?
For over 20 years the COMBINATION of design background & CleanCar market experience has been our uniqueness. Our CleanCar experience started in 1987 with the design and realization of solar&electric racing cars using lightweight composite structures and body styles optimized by intensive wind-tunnel testing. During the nineties our experience was put into service of the VEL1 project in Mendrisio (Europe’s biggest EV demo project so far, carried out in Mendrisio – approximately 7’500 inhabitants – where over 400 EVs – equivalent to nearly 8% of market share – were introduced, mostly to private users): this project was managed by Marco Piffaretti from 1994 to 2001. Moreover, our CleanCar competences were and are continuously updated by attending the most important events like EVS (since the 11th edition, 1992, Florence) where dozens of papers have been presented, and by the continuously growing worldwide network of experts collaborating with Protoscar.

Which are the main services that Protoscar offers?
The great experience and the holistic approach allow us to know how to MATCH offer and demand for CleanCars, and are based on our automotive cultural and educational background, 20 years of specific CleanCar vehicle layout and design competence,

Thanks to the above mentioned unique capabilities, we have done, and are doing: definitions of strategies and specifications – from a European user point of view – for new generation EVs and PHEVs, on behalf of OEM (also based on a very deep WtW-knowledge in terms of efficiency and CO2 emissions of nearly 1’000 feasible energy paths),

EV market-planning, also based on interviews of real long-term private Evdrivers asking them about their habits, experiences and goals in order to apply them to the “next-gen” Evs, design (engineering and styling) of CleanCars in terms of component selection, layout, exterior and interior design and digital 3D make-up, keep contact with all major European EV promoters in terms of associations, regions, cities, major events (e.g. World Exhibit 2015 in Milano) and power utilities, in order to be able to suggest what “potential pilot market” is most suitable for which “potential pilot offer / type of car”, in terms of CleanCars, assist OEMs planning to introduce EVs in the European market (for instance introducing battery-rental systems or potential car-sharing partners), development of concepts, software and hardware for public charging infrastructure (over 150 public charging systems made by Protoscar installed in central Europe, so far), elaboration and implementation of communication concepts (mainly for special events and motorshows) in order to explain and demonstrate new CleanCar related technologies and fuels.

Text and Pictures: Protoscar