eSTEAM by Maximilian Mandl, Ulisse Tanzini and Slavche Tanevski, Germany

2012: City 2046. Art, Life & Ingenuity.


Maximilian Mandl:


  • 1998-2000 Training as a Banker (Deutsche Bank)
  • 2000-2002 High School
  • 2002-2003 Military Service
  • 2003-2004 Munich University of Applied Sciences (Architecture)
  • 2004-2010 Munich University of Applied Sciences (Industrial Design)


  • since 09.2010 own office for illustration and Design
  • since 2001 Sellers of wine at Jacques Weindepot (Munich, Sendling),
    since 2009 Deputy Head
  • BMW Design Munich, working student (06.2008-12.2008)
  • ITO Design Nuremberg, 6month internship (04.2007-10.2007)
  • Rieger Design Pfarrkirchen, 6month internship (10.2005-03.2006)
  • Strabag Munich, 2month internship on the construction
    site ‘Munich High Light’ (02.2004-04.2004)

Ulisse Tanzini:


  • 2004-2010 Munich University of Applied Sciences (Industrial Design)


  • Adidas Herzogenaurach, Designer since 2010

Slavche Tanevski:


  • 1994-2002 Elementary School
  • 2002-2005 High School
  • 10.2006-07.2007 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Skopje, Macedonia (Industrial Design/Engineering)
  • 10.2007-03.2011 Faculty for Design, Munich University of Applied Sciences (Transportation


  • 6 month experience in processing materials (plexiglass, metal, wood)
  • 1 month 3D modelling training at fx3x Skopje
  • AGV Creative Design Studio Skopje, designer (06.2007-09.2007)
  • MINI Exterior Design Munich, working student (01.2009-09.2009)
  • Mercedes-Benz Exterior Design Sindelfingen, internship (10.2009-03.2010)
  • Stereolize Munich, designer (05.2010-07.2010)
  • Mercedes-Benz Exterior Design Sindelfingen, Bachelor Thesis (09.2010-02.2011)
  • Munich University of Applied Sciences, Project assistant (03.2011-06.2011)
  • Mercedes-Benz Exterior Design Sindelfingen, designer (07.2011-present)

Design Brief

Our car has to 3,70 m length up to 6 people, so also for the children of neighbors. The range of the battery takes mom or dad every day to work and back. By the gas drive, you can also visit the grandmother in the countryside or to go on vacation and enjoy the scenery through the large window. Thanks to the folding roof, we could take in the flea market this beautiful shelf for our toys. My big brother is totally great that he can sleep comfortably at festivals in the car, my mother that she always finds a parking lot, Dad, that he has money left over for his jazz record collection. And I? I think it’s great to see the stars at night through the open roof and feel the wind.

How does your design answer the anticipated preferences, lifestyles and transportation needs for the people in your country or region?

Driving becomes more expensive due to rising fuel costs, tolls and parking fees in the cities. At the same time it makes less and less fun, because the roads are congested and there are not enough parking space. There are many reasons why many people in big cities do not want to do without a car: public transport is usually poorly developed and often very expensive (Germany), it takes much more time than by car and, at night, you only have come with the car the way from A to B.

Many shops are reachable only by car, such as IKEA. Nevertheless, there are more and more young people who can not buy a car or want to own. It is therefore becoming more common that we share a car or someone with it. Therefore we have designed the smallest possible car that still offers the possibility to carry up to six people. Equally important was it to make room for large items. To enable young people buying cars, there is an absolute basic configuration, which however can be upgraded at any time without assistance (number of seats, upholstery, battery size).

What makes your design unique?

What makes our design unique? We have tried to combine the charm of a carriage with a modern car design. The different sized wheels point to the high-wheelers in 1870 and their velocity. Both are intended to express that will play through the still-increasing traffic, the use of batteries and the saving of resources, high speed no longer matters.

The car is specially designed for everyday life and individual trips. This is ensured by large windows and a two-way opening sunroof. Besides the pleasure of fresh air, the roof serves to also transport longer items in the 3.70 meter long car can. On the shelf above the rear axle, additional luggage or an extra battery to be mounted.

What technologies, innovations, lifestyle needs and concepts have you incorporated into your design? How?

Our car has a battery, which allows a range of 40 km, which should suffice for most city driving. For longer trips can be a biogas engine switch. Above the rear axle can be attached to another battery to extend the reach further. Alternatively boxes can be installed to expand the storage space. In order to transport longer items can be there, there is a two-way opening sunroof. To see the landscape better, there is a large, panoramic front window. It is possible to upgrade the seats at any time by new upholstery, heated seats, etc.