Renault SunRun by Chirayu Shinde, India

2017: Le Mans 2030: Design for the Win.


Chirayu Shinde
Maharashtra, India

Chirayu Shinde is a 28 year old Indian designer with an Undergraduate Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Degree in Mobility and Vehicle Design from Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay.

He has worked on styling projects for JCBL Buses and designed a Retrofit Full-body Kit based on Royal Enfield bikes for Vardenchi Motorcycles. Working as a Digital Modeller for Estech India he has been working on various Class A and CAS projects gaining expertise in interior and exterior car design. He has also worked on design-research projects for Volvo trucks India and BEST, city-buses of Mumbai. His work experience specializes him in design, prototyping and product development for manufacturing.

As a graduate student he has won Special Jury Award at ADC’12 by SIAM, India and his work on Indian aesthetics in automotive form was published in the ICORD’13, IIT Madras journal.

Transportation Design has been his childhood passion and he seeks to design, conceptualize and develop innovative and alternative mobility solutions.

SunRun a Garage56 entry for Le Mans 2030 is a proof of concept that is co-developed by Renaut, Nissan and JAXA. It uses the focused and aimed microwaves/lasers as it’s primary electricity source that is transmitted from an Intermediate Aerial Vehicle(IAV). This platform of Le Mans would accelerate the development of technology in wireless power transmission over long distances in lower atmosphere safely.

As the technology developes over consecutive races,by the year 2035, first trial of electricity generated by the Space Solar Power Station(SSPS) directly to the vehicle via the IAV. By 2040 the concept reaches the maturity to be made available for aviation and niche mobilty.

The concept relies on the fact that Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is currently developing the technology for 2040. Other major companies in the automotive, aviation and power transmission actively develop wireless power transmission technologies today. Moreover this is the cleanest and safest means to generate electricity with virtually zero carbon footprint.

The technology ultimately enables vehicle users to subscribe to electricity transmission directly to their electric vehicles on the fly as the need be, making the batteries or energy storage on board a thing of the past.