Combined Human and Electric Powered Vehicle (CHEPV)

University of Portland, 2000 - $13,200

This grant supported the development of a three-wheeled (2 articulating front 1 rear) recumbent electric bicycle designed to operate like a bike, feel like a car, and provide comfortable, easy commuting with minimal energy consumption and pollution. The team consisted of three mechanical engineering students working with advisors from business and entrepreneurship, and an external advisor in the industry. The team prototyped and tested a system, defined the market opportunity, and developed a business plan.