By attending the Solid Edge ST4 event, you can hear how Virginia-based automotive innovation company, Edison2, combined light weight and low aerodynamic drag to design a 4-passenger vehicle that achieved 100 miles per gallon. The car travels 200 miles on a tank or charge while meeting stringent performance, handling and emissions standards, all while achieving more than 100 MPGe.
Chief of Design Ron Mathis, a long-time Solid Edge user, and Brad Jaeger, R&D director (also the test driver and a mechanical engineer from Vanderbilt University), will be on hand with the car to discuss the competition, the role Solid Edge played and the impact on the future of low-mass cars in the U.S. automotive market.
Listen to Ron speak about the VeryLightCar
Brad (from my home town of Cincinnati, Ohio) speaks about how he joined Edison2 (ironically from another Solid Edge customer, Doran Racing)
Learn how Edison2, with Solid Edge (they used ST3), plans to innovate and demonstrate how light-car principals can improve the efficiency for electric hybrid, diesel and natural gas systems to fit a wide array of consumer demand for SUVs, sedans and sports and utility vehicles.
PBS NewsHour profiled Edison2 back in September 2010 when they were awarded $5 Million in the mainstream class. Mainstream class entries were required to seat at least four passengers, have four wheels, and have a minimum 200 mile range. PBS recently replayed the clip, you can watch it here:
The winning #98 car will join other history-makers at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich according to a recent article. The car will be part of an exhibit on automobile history. The museum also houses the first Ford Mustang, the 15 millionth Model T and famous race cars.
I'm really looking forward to meeting both Ron and Brad! If you are interested in coming to the Solid Edge ST4 Global Launch Event (open to future Solid Edge users as well as current customers!) you can still take advantage of the early bird registration; it was extended until April 22. Early bird price: $250/person. Standard price: $350/person