CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—April 9, 2007— Green cars are tame cars, right? Well, the Tango - a head-turning, lane-splitting, all-electric two-seater that sprints from zero to 60 in four seconds - debunks that inconvenient truth while tackling a part of the transportation problem most alternative vehicles overlook: traffic congestion.
Now being redesigned and refined in SolidWorks(R) 3D CAD software,
the Tango travels two abreast with ease, safely switches lanes through
impossible gaps, blithely glides through gridlocked traffic, and, at
39 inches wide, can park four to a space. On top of all that, George
Clooney bought the first one - and drives it regularly when staying at
his Southern California residence.
Commuter Cars of Spokane, Wash., outsourced the initial Tango
design to an engineering firm that used a hodgepodge of CAD software
and handed over a set of files that, while well-engineered, were a
disorganized mess, according to President Rick Woodbury, who dreamed
up the car concept while parked in an LA traffic jam.
"A sheet metal contractor told us to get SolidWorks software and
straighten out our files, and we did," Woodbury said. "We're now in
complete control of the car from the ground up, and we're using
SolidWorks to refine the design every day."
Woodbury and his mechanical engineer used SolidWorks to converge
scattered part files in smoothly operating assemblies and to optimize
Tango systems like the high-performance suspension, NASCAR-grade roll
cage, and stabilizing ballast. Though tiny, the car boasts many
impressive safety features, according to Woodbury, including four
times more protective steel in its doors than in those of the biggest
Commuter Cars mechanical engineer David Mounce says SolidWorks' 2D
functions let him complete drawings nearly 10 times faster than he
could in AutoCAD(R) software, and he is learning new 3D capabilities
every day mostly just by happening upon SolidWorks features. "Moving
from 2D to SolidWorks 3D CAD puts you in a world that somehow prompts
you to tinker, or refine, more frequently to produce a better
product," he said. "Rather than designing something in black, white,
and numbers, you can spin it around, check it out, and change a little
here and there to hopefully improve it."
Commuter Cars has purchased SolidWorks COSMOSWorks(R) design
analysis software to help the company further develop and test its
designs and ensure they are sleek, efficient, and strong.
"The Tango is more than just an alternative-fuel vehicle," said
Rainer Gawlick, SolidWorks vice president of worldwide marketing.
"This is a potential sea change in the way we live our lives, at a
time when every environmental resource is precious. It's a better
product for, one hopes, a better world."
Commuter Cars manufactures Tangos to order for $108,000 to
$148,000 depending on battery options and plans to ramp up
volume-production as soon as the required funding is available. The
company works with authorized SolidWorks reseller Quest Integration
for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
Tango Range: 50 to 200 miles depending on battery selection;
Lead-acid, NiMH or Li-Ion
Cost per mile: about one-sixth of gasoline-powered auto travel
(retail price of electricity vs. gasoline)
Waste due to traffic congestion in the urban areas of the United
States: 3.6 billion hours of travel delay and 5.7 billion gallons of
wasted fuel each year (2002 figures from Texas Transportation
About Commuter Cars
Commuter Cars is the maker of the Tango, the world's fastest urban
car with unique abilities to beat traffic, reduce congestion, free up
parking space, and address global warming. For more information, visit
About Quest Integration
Quest Integration provides engineering and manufacturing software,
consultation and training services. These solutions make our customers
more competitive in the world market place. Our focus is on
manufacturing companies and technical educational groups in Idaho,
Montana, Washington and Wyoming. For more information, visit
About SolidWorks Corporation
SolidWorks Corporation, a Dassault Systemes S.A. (Nasdaq:
Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) company, develops and markets software
for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading
supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing
software that helps them design better products. For the latest news,
information, or an online demonstration, visit the company's Web site
(www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America,
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