(VIDEO) VUE, the electric Smart by the University of Sherbrooke

This is not the first time that the University of Sherbrooke (UdeS) is featured on our website as they already work on an hybrid version of the BRP Can-Am Spyder and are particularly interested by electric propulsion...

For their final project study, a team of 27 students decided to develop the ultimate urban vehicle with an innovative electric powertrain.


The Smart was a natural choice because its structure is very light, then they fitted a technology that combines two independently controlled motors that are connected by a gearbox (replacing a differential), it works with belts and a pulley system to offer a natural torque vectoring technology.

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Thanks to this approach the students have been able to optimize the energy efficiency by reducing losses and manage to reach a 95 to 98% efficiency.

Each electric motor develops 50kW (67hp) of power and they can offer a combined torque of 600Nm to the wheels! With total weight of 790kg only, 0 to 60kph is announced in 4.5 seconds...

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After the first tests, a range of 45km has been observed in urban use from a 8.6kWh LiFePO4 battery (17.6kWh for the Smart ED).

The ultimate goal of the team - to participate in the exhibition Mécagéniale with a running prototype- has been completed!

Par Technologic Vehicles
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