Wednesday, September 18, 2013

World’s first electric taxi set for Tokyo debut

The world’s first purpose-built electric taxi will make its global debut at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show in November.
Developed by TUM Create - a joint project between universities Technische Universität München (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University - EVA has been designed as an e-taxi from the wheels up with a special attention to fast charging.
In just 15 minutes, it can be recharged with enough power to cover 200km (124 miles), even with the air conditioning on.
The company was unable to provide any further information on its technology at time of publication.
New benchmark
TUM Create reckons that EVA’s minimal downtime for charging and a high range will set a new benchmark in electric vehicle technology.
A statement from TUM Create claims that other electric taxis are unsuitable because they are often passenger cars adapted as taxis, and that its purpose-built e-taxi will tackle challenges presented by the heat and humidity of tropical megacities.
The e-taxi will form the platform for other electric models from the company currently in development said TUM Create CEO Professor Ulrich Stimming.
The prototype vehicle appearance at the Tokyo Motor Show will mark the first time that a Singapore-based organization has displayed a vehicle at Asia’s most important automotive trade show.
The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opens at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) from November 22 to December 1, 2013.