Scientists and engineers from world’s leading companies, especially those from Germany, have come together to develop electric vehicles that promise both safety and a lighter design. Automakers, including BMW and Daimler AG the parent of Mercedes, which already have advanced EV technology, are leading this project titled Visionary Mobility concept Visio.M.
The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 10.8 million euros for this project. As a part of this, scientist are keen in developing small, city-oriented EVs that are safe, inexpensive and have a maximum power of about 15 kW and a maximum weight of about 900 pounds .
Sporting a monocoque body, state-of-the-art carbon fiber materials, a lightweight engine and transmission system with light gears, the vehicle could be very futuristic.
A research prototype vehicle developed under the Visio.M project was unveiled at a test site near Munich and it marked the successful beginning of the venture. With an anti-locking brake system and torque vectoring features, the new EV has impressive light weight design. It also offers safety by incorporating specially adapted seat belts.
The overall goal of the project is to develop a car that’s light enough to provide safety and energy efficiency that uses electricity from renewable energy sources. This project will definitely fetch the future electro mobility needs of the urban population. What do you feel about this?