Podadera Design is the brand associated with automotive projects developed by aeronautical engineer and designer Francisco Podadera and his collaborators.
Since the beginning of its activities in 1985, Podadera Design promotes innovative projects developed jointly with industrial and financial partners. Its organization is oriented towards collaborative working with professionals, companies and technology research centers.
In addition to the development of industrial projects, Podadera Design also collaborates in consortium projects of urban mobility based on electric propulsion.
Project promoted by the engineering company Ayesa and Technologic Institute of
Castilla y León, based on an initial project by Podadera Design. Sofitec, Antolín
Group, Fagor Electronic, Exide Technologies, Jofemar, Fae and Noxium have also
As part of Sofitec´s research line, Podadera Design has carried out the mobility study
related to the distribution in the last mile and the design of a delivery vehicle with
unibody, built with composites and carbon nanofibers. ITCL, Antolín Group, Gaiker
and Polytechnic University of Madrid participated in this line of research.
Urban-EV project (Super Light Architectures for Safe and Affordable Urban Electric
Vehicles) demonstrates the feasibility of key vehicle lightweighting technologies for
the manufacturing of light urban electric vehicles with new standards of mechanical
performance and occupant safety. The Urban-EV main approach is to combine
innovation-driving advances in high volume affordable manufacturing of lightweight
components with pioneering joining technologies as well as testing and simulation
Fraunhofer LBF, Cidaut, Antolín Group, Austrian Institute of Technology, Maspero,
Casple Group, PST, Thinkstep and Tübitak participated as project partners.
Podadera Design led the design work package, because the concept of the Urban-EV is based on the Casple-Podadera, a folding two-seater vehicle for urban use.
Thermal cryocontrast cabin that integrates the nitrogen evaporation system in the
height-adjustable cabin, which reaches temperatures of -196 °C.
City car developed for Casple Group, with the peculiarity that it folds when parking in
spaces below two meters because its variable wheelbase.
With seating side by side, it has a spacious interior despite its short length, 2.3 meters,
which is shortened to 1.9 meters when parked in tight spaces and where only a
Its technological development has continued with the European Urban-EV project.
Urban quad developed for Tron Motors with the aim of achieving safe driving on
asphalt, due to its cardan-shaft transmission and differential on the rear wheels.
This scheme is complemented by independent suspensions on both axes and
stabilizer bar on the rear, low center of gravity and low profile tires mounted on
alloy wheels. Braking is done with hydraulic discs on each wheel.
Two-seater urban vehicle homologated in the category of quadricycles without
Initially developed with the company AYA and later with Promi, it has a version
designed to be driven in a wheelchair. Its access is made by means of a folding
tailgate and the platform of variable inclination to the ground.
This version has a double hoop steering wheel to control all the dynamics of the
vehicle exclusively by the hands, as well as the automatic anchoring to the floor of
the wheelchair while driving.
Inclusive vehicle developed jointly with GTI SXXI for seventeen occupants, who can
travel in conventional seats or in wheelchairs.
For this, it has a flat and easily configurable interior platform according to needs, in
addition to an innovative suspension system adjustable in three heights, with the
bottom 50 mm from the ground to facilitate wheelchair access.