Future-adaptability for energy and resource efficient vehicles

DS 87-5 Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 17) Vol 5: Design for X, Design to X, Vancouver, Canada, 21-25.08.2017

Year: 2017
Editor: Anja Maier, Stanko Škec, Harrison Kim, Michael Kokkolaras, Josef Oehmen, Georges Fadel, Filippo Salustri, Mike Van der Loos
Author: Nyström, Thomas; Svengren Holm, Lisbeth; van Loon, Patricia
Series: ICED
Institution: 1: RISE, Viktoria Swedish ICT, Sweden; 2: University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Section: Design for X, Design to X
Page(s): 269-277
ISBN: 978-1-904670-93-3
ISSN: 2220-4342


In contrast to linear business models, circular business models (CBMs) assign the product value and its lifecycle responsibility to a manufacturer or service provider where customers get access to functionality and performance during multiple use cycles. A CBM requires (due to the increased business risk for product obsolescence) suitable products designed for long service life, changes in service content, repair, upgrades and remanufacturing. This paper illustrates drivers that can make three categories of vehicles obsolete in a circular business model. We propose a conceptual framework where drivers for obsolescence are used as enablers for future adaptable design, exemplified with industry cases. Future adaptable vehicles have the potential to be both profitable and energy and resource efficient during use and in end of life in a CBM. However, it will challenge today´s business models with a design logic that rewards longer and more flexible product life. Current barriers are legislation, standards and certification, and consumer acceptance. Besides organizations barriers and a general reluctance to changes.

Keywords: Adaptable design, Business models and considerations, Product-Service Systems (PSS), Conceptual design


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