If you’re a Volkswagen fan and you’re going to the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show to see how future cars will look, then you have to take a look at the Volkswagen NILS. This development is the result of VW's Group Research and it may be related Audi's Urban Concept, which was introduced at Frankfurt as well. It is intended for individual transportation.
It uses an F1-style layout, which places the driver in the middle of this vehicle that measures 3040mm long, 1390mm wide and 1200mm high.
It is significantly smaller than the Up, the most compact VW vehicle. It is built on 17-inch alloy rims, which has 115/80 tires at the front and 125.80 tires at the rear. A compact electric motor, which has a nominal power of 15 kW (20.4 hp) and a peak power of 25 kW (34 hp) and a torque of 96 lb-ft., is positioned at the rear.
It is equipped with a "relatively inexpensive” 5.3kWh lithium-ion battery pack that offers a driving range of 40 miles (64 km). The NILS, which weighs 460 kg, can sprint from zero to 62 mph in less than 11 seconds and it could reach a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h).
It takes two hours to fully charge it. The NILS’s handling is comparable to that of a sports car. In addition, it doesn’t have power steering as the vehicle is very lightweight and it has a double-wishbone setup for both axles.