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Shipping Container Optimization

Discussion in 'General Elio Discussion' started by Bikebrains, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Bikebrains

    Bikebrains Elio Addict

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    Nov 13, 2016
    Postulate: Elio could do quite well in the foreign markets.
    One of the many factors that contribute to success in a market is the cost of shipping. In this discussion the shipping issues will be limited to container shipping. The cost can be minimized by maximizing the space utilization of the shipping container.
    Goal: Determine the optimal vehicle configuration in a shipping container for each shipping container size available. Then post the configuration on this thread.
    Method: Get a computer aided design (CAD) guru to determine the optimal configuration. The "T" shape of the Elio presents the interesting possibility of placing vehicles in groups of two. The rear wheel of the first vehicle will be as close to the left side of the container as possible thus creating a "V" shaped area to the right of the vehicle. The second vehicle will be facing the opposite direction with the rear wheel as close to the right side of the container as possible. The rear of the second vehicle will be occupying as much of the "V" shaped area as possible. The benefit of this solution is that two Elios can be placed in a space that is less than the length of two Elios.
    I used the following source for shipping container measurements.
    I used the following source for Elio dimensions.
    Please note that the width of the Elio is not provided. The distance between the outer sides of the fenders is needed. The closest width measurement is the front wheel track, center rim to center rim. The minimum spacing between the vehicles needs to be determined.
    Caveat: As a retired computer programmer, I know NOTHING about shipping. For a further explanation, go to Youtube and search on: I know nothing schultz
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
  2. CheeseheadEarl

    CheeseheadEarl Elio Addict

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    May 15, 2014
    Across the river from Minnysota
    Flat on the floor, not many, maybe 4 in a 40' container. Somewhere in my posts, I tried this with a standard 53' van trailer, I think 5 or 6 fit in there. If I have time later, I'll see if I can find it.

    To stuff more in would take crating and tilting them up/down to use vertical space as well, or maybe double layering.

    I was focusing mostly on simplicity of using standard trucks and easy unloading, international shipping would focus more on space usage than easy unloading.
  3. CrimsonEclipse

    CrimsonEclipse Elio Addict

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    May 24, 2014
    It would likely be licensed and built locally.


    But if shipping was in the cards they would ship with the front suspension and rear tire off.
    assuming 2 long 2 wide and 2 high, 8 per container.
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Elio Addict

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    Apr 17, 2014
    Springfield NE
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    With the wheels off they could stack them two high and get 16 in there

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