Education and training of technical experts, development of new business, local and employment development, environmental protection.
In the framework of the circular economy, University of Calabria together with its spin-off Consortium called "CRETA" retrofitted a minicar destined to the demolition. The minicar was firstly reversed from the engineering point of view and then a 10kW electric motor along with 32 LiFePO4 cells was mounted. Thanks to the experience of retrofitted e-minicar, University of Calabria experimented: new education and training of technical experts, development of new business models, local and employment development, the promotion of environmental protection measures.
Stakeholders: University of Calabria, Italy (Education) Consorzio Regionale per l'Energia e la Tutela Ambientale, Italy (no profit).

Resources needed

250.000 €

Evidence of success

Minicar was retrofitted by replacing the original oil engine with an electric motor with equivalent power and torque. LIFEPO4 batteries have been used and sited in a 3 mm thick steel metal container. Tests carried out verified the stability of the vehicle and other tests have been programmed to verify energy consumption, range and potential alternative chargers for a faster recharge. Second life objects are a great opportunity to educate a better society and promote a sustainable development.

Difficulties encountered

no limitations.

Potential for learning or transfer

ease of Implementation: somewhat easy
Impact: very high
Benefit - cost ratio: somewhat high

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Main institution
University of Calabria
Calabria, Italy (Italia)
Start Date
January 2018
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