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Project Apex

A small, affordable, three-wheeled vehicle that is technically a motorcycle but much safer and much more fun to operate.

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The Apex Concept will be an irresistibly compelling new electric vehicle paradigm that consumers will choose for its elegance and fun factor and keep for its economic operation and environmental friendliness.  It will be safer for pedestrians and bystanders than tradition steel automobiles and motorcycles.

The Apex Concept development will be driven by the following Design Directives:
1. Most desirable, calamity-proof enclosure (for persons inside and outside) for two persons seated in tandem
2. Fewest possible total components
3. Fewest possible moving parts
4. Fewest total different materials
5. Lowest possible mass
6. Maximum recyclability
7. Smallest possible frontal area
8. Best possible co-efficient of drag
9. Maximally efficient power source
10. Maximally sustainable power source
11. Single source software operating system
12. Minimum maintenance
13. Most intuitive usage and interface 

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

The Apex would be a point to point transportation option for anyone considering a motorcycle but is concerned about safety issues. The Apex will predominantly be an owner-operated vehicle, but due to its electric drivetrain it could easily be integrated into a ridesharing or on-demand usage model.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Beyond myself, a designer/entrepreneur, we have engineers with concept vehicle construction experience. We are well-networked with Indianapolis' racing and fabricating industry.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Order of operations with costs associated: 1. purchase a Can-Am Spyder. $10,000 2. Partially disassemble the Spyder. 3. Modify the chassis. $10,000 4. Convert to electric power. $30,000 5. Create new bodywork. $50,000 6. Showcase the pilot program proof of concept (finished, working prototype vehicle) in appropriate urban environments around Indianapolis.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Our first objective with this funding will be to produce a working prototype that can prove out the design directives. Our second objective will be to test the vehicle, both physically on the road and with the general public in urban Indianapolis.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

We will measure success by public response. With enough positive response we can build a strong case for further funding for production and marketing.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Yes, the idea can be sustained after the pilot period ends. Soliciting feedback on the working prototype is something the team can manage without further funding. However, additional funding will need to be sought to scale operations from prototyping to production and marketing. With a successful pilot and sufficient positive feedback, we will acquire additional funding.


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Photo of Jasmine Comer

Hi Scott Chenoweth , I'm Jasmine one of the online facilitators for this years challenge. Thanks for sharing this idea, it sounds pretty cool! If the Apex will be owner operated initially, the possibly expanded into a ride share option, how will it be improving mobility in Indianapolis? And how do you intend to measure that?

Photo of Scott Chenoweth

Great question, Jasmine! Safety is the answer. I have witnessed first hand how terrible motorcycle accidents and automobile-pedestrian collisions can be. We intend for the Apex to be very safe for both occupants and bystanders. We would need to prove this out with crash testing.

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