Project Visio.M: affordable electric cars for urban environments

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 4, 2012

Project Visio.M scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), in cooperation with engineers from the automotive industry are currently working on affordable electric cars, which are also safe and efficient. As you may know already, electric vehicles are currently too heavy and too expensive or simply don’t meet the mass-market safety requirements.

Lead manager of the project is Bmw AG and accoriding to the official press release, the project has a total volume of 10.8 million euros and is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The mobility concept will be an electric vehicle with a total output of 15 kilowatts and a maximum curb weight of 400 kg (without battery), in order to meet the requirements of the European regulatory category L7e.

Visio.M is expected to achieve a high level of protection comparable to that offered by conventional cars with combustion engines. Some of the participants in the Visio.M consortium are Bmw, Daimler, Autoliv, Continental, Texas Instruments and the Federal Highway Research Institute (BAST).

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