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University students will focus on accessibility for electric vehicles

Two students have been selected to explore design & engineering solutions that could help thousands of disabled motorists

Motability Operations has selected two Coventry University students to help design and engineer an electric Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (eWAV) prototype with the aim of encouraging industry innovation and helping to ensure future EV mobility is accessible for all.

Zoe Graham, a fourth-year Bachelor of Engineering student of Glasgow University, and Yikuan Zhang, a third-year Bachelor of Arts student of Coventry University, will receive a paid placement at Warwickshire-based design and engineering business CALLUM to progress an eWAV prototype under the guidance of its design director Ian Callum CBE and engineering director Adam Donfrancesco, as well as the support of Motability Operations and insight of its customers.

The project is also being supported by selected automotive OEMs along with some of the WAV industry converters who will share engineering insight into vehicle models to assist the design and engineering project.

The resulting eWAV prototype will be revealed in late autumn 2023.

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