Electric Vehicle

MakerBay has just taken one step closer to building our electric vehicle for the upcoming Formula E event in October 2016. We transformed a second hand electric car into a futuristic EV featuring a hardened and perfectly cut shell with a softened and free-flowing body. The car was showcased in Formula E as well as in Science Park as it symbolises the spirit and elements of contemporary electric vehicles with touches of futuristic technology. 

Promotional Video

Making of

360 VR video

Documentation: https://goo.gl/EIYTYV

Education program presentation [past]

Invent, build and drive the electric vehicle of the future


This October, Hong Kong will be hosting one of the most electrifying sporting events in the world, FIA’s Formula E Championship the world’s first fully-electric racing series.

MakerBay, the leading makerspace in Hong Kong, has been invited by Formula E Hong Kong ePrix to be its Education Partner to raise awareness about the importance of electric vehicles, especially on the energy efficiency and environmental aspects during the racing weekend in October.

We are building an electric vehicle at MakerBay over the summer to be displayed at the MakerBay booth in the Formula E eVillage.

What is the MakerBay EV Lab?

As a member of the Lab, you will take part in a small team of designers, engineers and build a concept electric car that is a vision for the electric vehicle of the future. During four intensive weeks, you will be involved in design thinking, industrial design, rapid prototyping, social R&D, mechanical, electric engineering, open hardware documentation and many fabrication techniques in a highly experimental workshop. The electric vehicle prototype will be documented online and displayed at the Formula E event to showcase the technology behind the vehicle and celebrate the collaborative effort of the participants. The electric vehicle will be based on the Open Source Vehicle (OSVehicle) technology – a revolutionary, modular and affordable vehicle.

The EV Lab will be lead by a team of innovative engineers and a team of diverse talents and backgrounds. Join us for this exciting summer project and invent the future of electric autonomous transportation together!


Towards the ideal self-driving electric car

Autonomous vehicles are about to change how we commute, move our goods, services, energy, and everything. The day your vehicle will drive itself silently through traffic, what will you be doing? If you no longer have hands on the steering wheel and feet on the pedals, you could be anywhere in the car with the freedom to sleep, relax, eat, work, play and be immersed in a virtual reality beyond the boundary of the vehicle.

Open hardware optimized for software integration

The future of self-driving vehicles will be driven by the quality of the integration of hardware and software with a prodigiously intuitive and intelligent interface connecting machines and humans. For that, we will make hardware that is extremely simple and robust so it can connect seamlessly with advanced software.

Hard outside, soft inside

Our vehicle combines the industrial and the sensual, the hard and the soft, a sculptural marriage of opposites in an iconic timeless design. A cold multi-faceted shell hosting a warm protective cocoon. Performance and strength on the outside, pleasure and freedom on the inside is our vision of the future of mobility.


Week One: Introduction & Barebones Structure [July 18 – 22]

Introduction to the specificities of electric cars, from the history to the vision of the future of transportation, from explosion engine to modern battery management systems. You will disassemble a vehicle together. We will dive into a 2-day hackathon to design the electric vehicle of the future around the themes of #creativity #safety #energy efficiency and #smart. Together we will finalise the design of our prototype with physical and 3D models.

Week Two: Body Work [July 25 – 29]

Working from a bare frame we will assemble the electric car parts and weld the body of our concept car in a “crystal-like structure.” We will then attach panels onto the metal frame structure and finish the car body.

Week Three: Interior Design and Dashboard [Aug 1 – 5]

We will design the interior of the car as a malleable environment, a space that is entirely flexible and reconfigurable with soft fabric and cushy padding.

Week Four: Sensors, Electronics & Documentation [Aug 8 – 12]

We will design the dashboard and software interfaces of our futuristic vehicle. Many surfaces inside and outside can become interactive displays. What will you do in an silent, electric self-driving car in 2030?

Note: This timeline will vary depending on the team’s design decisions and progress.


Hardware Skills

Rapid prototyping

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering

Sensors & electronics

Battery management


Metalworking, Machining

Laser cutting

CNC milling

3D printing

Design & Engineering Skills

Automotive Design

3D Design & Engineering

Software Skills

Coding and API Development

21st Century Skills

Critical thinking

Design thinking

Hands-on creativity

Problem solving (individual and in team)


Project management

Adapting to new challenges



MakerBay EV Lab: MakerBay, Yau Tong, Kowloon

Display of the final vehicle: Formula E eVillage in Central among other leading electric car companies on 8-9 October, 2016


We have a team of professional engineers and makers to lead the EV Lab. This will be a hands-on, fun, knowledge-based and collaborative experience for all participants.

As a team member, you will work with experts in mechanical design, battery management systems, and the chance to meet with some of the most innovative entrepreneurs. Don’t miss the chance to meet these world class innovators!

Head of Design: Cesar Jung-Harada, Founder and Director, MakerBay; Founder, Scoutbots

TED Talk about MakerBay Education Program by Cesar

TED Talk on the revolutionary design of boat by Cesar

Head of Hardware: Jacky Chu, Technical Manager, MakerBay (has over 15 years of automotive industry experience)

Mechanical Engineering Advisor: Roberto Chiavani, Head of Engineering, OSVehicle (in the video above)

Open Source Technology Expert: Tin Hang, CEO, OSVehicle

Advisors: Tom Chi, Lucille Wilson Whitaker

MakerBay is the Official Education Partner of Formula E Hong Kong ePrix

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Ms. Angie Zhou

Education Specialist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Angie Zhou is an Education Specialist at MIT App Inventor. She was the founder and CEO of Dreams Come True in Shenzhen, where she developed online coding courses for kids. She also has previous curriculum development, teaching and staff training experience at First Code Academy in Hong Kong.