students at clemson university make uBOX concept utility vehicle for year 2020

students at clemson university make uBOX concept utility vehicle for year 2020

students at clemson university make uBOX concept utility vehicle for year 2020
all images courtesy of toyota




designed, engineered and hand-built by graduate students at clemson university’s international center for automotive research, the vehicle concept is the result of a two-year collaboration with toyota designers and engineers. the result is an innovative, flexible concept called ‘uBOX’ that is intended to appeal to the next generation of car buyers. 

toyota ‘uBOX’ concept




one feature that catches attention is a unique pultrusion technique developed by the students that allows composite carbon fiber rails bonded with aluminum to support a curved glass roof. ‘the roof pultrusion was something unexpected and very interesting when they first started talking about the concept,’ explains toyota executive program manager craig payne. ‘the fact that they were able to achieve an industry-first manufacturing technique as students speaks volumes for this program.’





a bold, distinctive exterior design embodies a muscular stance that looks like it’s sprung forward in motion, even when standing still. a versatile interior can be rearranged for various activities, from working or operating a business to hauling bulky cargo. a low floor allows for reconfigurable, removable seats on sliding track that can be nested together.

various 110 volt sockets located throughout the interior and exterior




vents, dashboard display bezels and door trim can be completely personalized and made with 3D printing technology, where an online community for owners can share their design ideas. a compact, dual-purpose, all-electric powertrain provides a fun driving experience and emission-free stationary energy to power consumer electronics, power tools or other devices through various 110 volt sockets located throughout the interior and exterior.


video courtesy of clemson university

the interior cabin 

panels inside can be transformed for specific purposes 

seats can be nested together to fit larger objects 

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  • The general shape and usability looks very good. A light microbus is the best mixture of all car demands. But the columns in front and that “manta snout” will be a challange in any dummy crash test. At last they are useless parts that produce costs. But, YES, it’s definetely time to rethink the general design of cars when they become electric: no long hood, no exhaust and driveline channel in the center, low weight center…

  • Finally a realistic concept for 2020 that doesn’t fly/hover.

  • It´s so eco friendly uuuuh. Then uses carbon fiber composites, which is one of the hardest materials to recycle… Being eco friendly is not just place a electric motor in a car gentlemen, its thinking also how to dispose the car after the lifecycle is over…

  • Ole’ Curtis Brubaker either has tenure at Clemson, or he deserves an Honorary degree.



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