|Originally, alloy wheels were motorsport wheels. They served to reduce the weight of the vehicle and to have a positive influence upon the so-called unsprung masses. However, not only racing cars have profited from that concept, but also economical cars with alternative engines. After all, it often is an e-car’s range that still forms a handicap. But the lighter a car is, the longer the electricity in the battery will last. And since a car is also still allowed to – and should – be huge fun, such a “lightness of being” is certainly on everyone’s agenda at any rate. So the mass of the battery has somehow to be equalised. And in this study, no fewer than six wheels have to be set in motion, which should, after all, not put the car at a disadvantage. So the AEZ engineers’ technical goal was to make the car as light as possible. This is an approach that sets important standards for the efficiency and performance of alternative vehicles. |
While the “Dock+Go’s“ body is rather plain, the wheels are supposed to be a visual object of projection for the propulsion technology. So the silver-painted aluminium wheels’ visual effect is technical by design. The total of five triangular and notched spokes form a rotor, a component that, in various forms, is found in electric motors, wind turbines and generators of all kinds. The space between the spokes in the flange part are characterised by black contrasting trapezoid structures. Again, this is modelled upon electric engine components. If individual motor car traffic is indeed becoming ever more electrified, some of the style elements shown here may well also once be found in and on mass-production cars.