EVA Electric Taxi Headed For Singapore
Germany’s Technische Universität München (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore are collaborating on the electric taxi project for tropical megacities.
The prototype, built by TUM CREATE, is called EVA, has 4 seats and we saw it for the very first time almost two years ago.
With its 50 kWh battery pack it can go some 200 km/124 miles (330 km/2015 miles is the listed maximum), but its range would still be not enough in Singapore where taxi are used on two shifts.
Therefore, EVA has a 15-minute fast charging system – from two chargers at once! And the 60 kW motor is strong enough to do 0-62 mph in 10 seconds.
The car will be now tested at NTU.
“EVA’s innovative design
EVA’s fast-charging battery system is able to give it a range of up to 200 kilometres with just a 15-minute recharge. Despite having to house a large battery pack, EVA is actually 150kg lighter than other comparable-sized taxis due to its lightweight carbon-fibre composites.
Its ergonomically designed seats are equipped with a purpose-built system where moisture and heat are sucked away from the surfaces of the seat, so as to maximise comfort for passengers.
The front passenger seat can also be folded forward to reveal an integrated child seat for children aged 9 months to 3 years old, filling the void in the area of safety for young taxi passengers
The climate controls, in-car entertainment, booking and digital payment systems are also linked via the infotainment system. This allows passengers to control air-conditioning and audio settings wirelessly from their personal mobile devices.
Moving forward, TUM CREATE will look at testing the car further on the NTU campus. NTU’s complete eco-system of public and private transportation, including public and shuttle buses, private cars, bicycles and prototype autonomous vehicles makes it the ideal living test-bed.
Over the next four years, NTU will also turn into a national test-bed for smart mobility solutions, such as Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology, which looks at equipping cars with devices that can talk to traffic infrastructure and other cars.
NTU has a complete eco-system of public and private transportation, including public and shuttle buses, private cars, as well as prototype electric and autonomous vehicles.”
Technical Data Body Segment / Type C-Segment / Compact Car Number of Doors 5 Number of Seats 4 Length 4316 mm Height (excluding taxi signage) 1679 mm Width (excluding wing mirrors) 1794 mm Wheelbase 2602 mm Curb Weight (including battery) 1500 kg Max permissible 1900 kg Air resistance (Cd x A) 0.34 x 2.8 m2 Performance Max. Power 60 kW* Max. Torque 223 Nm Top Speed 111 km/h 0 – 100 km/h 10 seconds* Range (15 minutes Super Fast Charging) 200 km (Daily driving pattern) 330 km (U.S. FTP 72 standards) *Electronically limited. Drivetrain Driven Wheels Front Motor Type Synchronous Transmission 1:10.2 (1 gear) Battery System Cell Type Lithium Polymer Number of Cells 216 Cell Capacity 63Ah Energy Content 50 kWh Max. Voltage 450 V Max. Current 360 A