volkswagen: nils single seater electric car
sep 05, 2011
volkswagen: nils single seater electric car


‘nils’ single-seater electric car concept by volkswagen

the ‘nils’ concept by volkswagen is a single-seater electric commuter vehicle, to be shown at the frankfurt motor show 2011.

with an aluminum space frame, the vehicle weighs 460kg (1014lbs). its 25kW electric motor for a rear engine nonetheless
sustains 130Nm of torque, powering from 0-100km/hr (0 to 62mph) in eleven seconds and with a maximum speed of 130 km/hr (81mph).
a complete charge takes two hours using a conventional 230-volt electrical outlet, providing 65 kilometers (40 miles) of use.

the interior cabin includes displays for speed, range, and energy usage, as well as a portable touchscreen navigation
and entertainment unit that fits into the vehicle’s A-pillar. the steering is completely mechanical.

the concept was developed with the german federal ministry of transport, building, and urban development,
from the statistic that 74% of commuters living between berlin and munich driver fewer than 16 miles each day to work,
and about 90% travel alone.


side view


detail on front and wheels


detail on trunk compartment


the vehicle charges from a standard 230-volt outlet or electric station


design sketch

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