The concept

The Overdrive is an 8WD, futuristic shipping truck concept, which requires no driver. It features two electric motors like those found on commuter trains and it could be referred to as a Zero Emission Truck.

The background

The idea is to change the way that we “buy” transportation as a service.

How it works

The Overdrive would be powered by two hydrogen fuel cells, delivering 500 to 1000 HP to its 8 wheels. It would be equipped with eight independent cargo spaces that could be opened with a smart phone by the client. The Overdrive aims to bring a new series of ideas to the “traditional” shipping industry and change the way in which we interact with it.

In North America, the maximum allowed size for a truck is 102’’ wide by 102’’ in height. With these fixed dimensions, our aim was to design a smooth, aerodynamic vehicle that would make it easier for companies and individuals to load or unload by hand or with a forklift. We also wanted to remove the necessity to use a loading dock. We wanted the Overdrive to be able to ride in both directions (including sideways) so that it could drive into tight spots where today’s trucks can’t venture. For increased flexibility, the vehicle would feature multiple doors.

There are two independent fuel cells located at either end of the Overdrive, backing each other up, balancing the vehicle’s load and doubling the total power of the vehicle when needed. These fuel cells could use hydrogen, or gasoline, to generate electricity to provide power to the two electric motors located in each bogie. The Overdrive would save up to 25% of its energy by utilizing regenerative braking. It would also save additional energy with its smart wheel covers, which would have the ability to slide down automatically when driving on the highway.

Each wheel of the Overdrive could steer like the front wheels of conventional trucks. In addition, the bogie assembly could also pivot on its axis making it possible for the Overdrive to move sideways. This feature would come in handy for parking in dense urban streets. If the operator only needs to cover industrial parks it would be possible to remove this feature.

What it’s used for

The Overdrive will transport cargo, just as any cargo truck does today, except that it will require no driver, it will not pollute the atmosphere and it will be much quieter. In my vision of the future, anyone would be able to order a shipment on a smartphone and the Overdrive would simply come to pick up your package wherever you are. The Overdrive would open up the appropriate cargo and sub-space by communicating with your smartphone. This concept could also be downsized for commercial shipping in urban areas, or even scaled-up larger for intercity travel.

The designer

The Overdrive was designed by Jorge Jabor, a designer of Sao Paolo, Brasil.