Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Technische Universitat Munchen | posted October 22, 2014 15:28
Made from lightweight materials
The Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) has revealed the Visio.M electric vehicle (EV) concept ahead of its debut at the eCartec 2014.
The two seater Visio.M EV concept was developed by the researchers of TUM in collaboration with specialists from the automotive industry. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 7.1 million euro. As a result, TUM says the Visio.M EV concept “sets new standards regarding efficiency and safety” of small vehicles.
In order to be an efficient vehicle, the Visio.M EV concept is made from lightweight materials. According to TUM, the passenger compartment is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic with aluminum in the front and rear sections. The roof frame of the Visio.M EV is also made from the said material.
Moreover, all windows are made of polycarbonate, a material that weighs lighter compared to glass. TUM also used lightweight constructions for the vehicle’s chassis, steering and transmission. Without the battery, the vehicle only weighs 450 kg.
The designers of the Visio.M EV concept also took time in making the vehicle safe. As said earlier, the passenger compartment of the Visio.M EV is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic to provide safety especially in collisions with heavier vehicles.
The team also developed a 360 degree monitoring system via radar and camera sensors. The system detects critical driving situations and sends information to alert the driver. TUM says if an unavoidable collision is detected, the system activates the integrated passenger protection feature just before the actual crash takes place.
The Visio.M EV concept is powered by a 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery along with an electric motor that delivers 20 PS. Despite the said power output rating, TUM says the Visio.M EV concept can achieve a top speed of 120 km/h and travel up to 160 km on a single charge.