DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
DANCER : Dancer electric city bus draws its inspiration from sea-yacht design. Our main design principle is always in sync with "the form follows function" concept. We want the aesthetics to come from the structure and function of the object.
DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
DANCER : Public transport, including city busses, is perceived as a slow and uncomfortable means of transport. We want to change this perception. Dancer electric city bus is designed to be visually and physically as light as possible, making it a real Dancer on the roads. The silhouette from the front and rear is wider at the lower part. With a lower center of weight, just as of a sports vehicle, Dancer is nimble on the road. The silhouette from the side is skewed backward, creating a sense of movement.
DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
DANCER : Dancer is improving every day. Visually and technically. It already lost its rearview mirrors and video cameras are in place, creating a much smoother body. Additional side bumpers to be installed to highlight the stability silhouette and improve safety. The structural and electrical engineers are reducing the weight as we speak by optimizing the structural elements for mass production. Our IT department is updating the software to further reduce energy consumption and to increase user-friendliness. The structural and electrical engineers are reducing the weight as we speak by optimizing the structural elements for mass production. Our IT department is updating the software to further reduce power consumption and increase user-friendliness.
DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
DANCER : Visual design and its synchronization with structural elements took less than a year. Further manufacturing optimizations and prototype production took more than two years.
DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
DANCER : We designed the Dancer bus inhouse. This design is unique to our company and is protected by the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
DANCER : Please see answer No. 5
DI: What made you design this particular type of work?
DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
DANCER : Yes, in the first stages of design we organized several workshops. The first was with leading architects and urbanists from Lithuania, regarding integration into the urban environment. The most unusual was conducted with primary school children, asking them "What is your dream bus?".
With the main design academies of the country.
DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
DANCER : City municipalities and private transport operators, as well as commuters.
DI: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
DANCER : The smooth and sharp lines of Dancer sets it apart from any other city bus.
DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
DANCER : The name Dancer invites the people to spend time together, as any dancer it attracts attention, is well looking, and is in motion.
DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
DANCER : Various - hand sketching, prototype building, CAD
DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
DANCER : Dancer is the most ecological vehicle in the world due to ultra-lightweight, significant use of recycled materials in production, and the concept to use green energy only.
DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
DANCER : All the visual and technical design was made inhouse. Our team is composed of structural, mechanical, electrical engineers, designers, and programmers.
DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
DANCER : Change of power train technology was an essential factor enabling such a light design. Electric motors are set adjacent to the wheels, batteries are fitted under the seats and other components seamlessly incorporated into the body. No elements are obstructing the city view for passengers. This makes the interior spacious and light. Plus, HVAC, fuel tanks, or any other components don't stick out of the sleek Dancer body.
DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
DANCER : Yes, the shape of Dancer body was optimized not only to look light and nimble but also to be structurally sound and physically light as possible.
DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
DANCER : Manufacturing light composite elements while using recycled materials is always a challenge.
DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
DANCER : We believe in what we do.