Alpine Utility Vehicle Concept

New Designers 19 Dec 2012
Alpine Utility Vehicle Concept

The Alpine Utility Vehicle Concept is a study of a vehicle for skiing resorts, inspired by industrial design and sports gear. The author is Hans N. Steen from the Braunschweig University of Art.


The idea behind Hans N. Steen’s Bachelor thesis at the Braunschweig University of Art was to create a functional yet radical, target group-specific SUV for skiing resorts – in short AUV: alpine utility vehicle.

Alpine Utility Vehicle Concept - Design Sketch

Alpine Utility Vehicle Concept - Design Sketch

Conceived for being used in a car sharing service, it is powered by four electric wheel hub motors to minimize fossil emissions in environmentally sensitive areas.

Alpine Utility Vehicle Concept - Design Sketch

The AUV can accommodate three skiers or boarders, even wearing their boots and gloves. The rugged, minimal interior is designed to just meet the needs of their temporary drivers, while still being aesthetically young and pleasant.

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The plastic car body is inspired by traditional industrial design and sporting gear.

Alpine Utility Vehicle Concept - Interior Design Sketch

The design vocabulary adopted a very minimalistic approach: the AUV is designed to be a robust and reliable tool, and “all the possible functions and forms are reduced to a minimum for having the concept as well defined as possible.”

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(Image Courtesy: Braunschweig University of Art for Car Body Design)

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