Her name is EVA and she is first ever explicitly designed and made in Singapore electric taxi for tropical megacities by TUM CREATE (Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise).This is a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and one of Europe’s top universities Technische Universität München (TUM), supported by the National Research Foundation.
EVA is the end product of almost four years in the making and is the creation of over 40 researchers in Singapore, supported by another 80 researchers based at TUM from over 20 countries. Researchers built EVA with the concept of building an electric car that can replace fuel-burning vehicles in a bid to reduce noise, carbon and hydrocarbon emission in our environment.
Developed based on user studies and observational analysis of how Singaporeans utilise taxis, EVA is set to provide megacities like Singapore with a reliable alternative to re-purposed fuel-powered taxis.
Fast Charging Battery
Currently, regular electric cars are only able to travel a limited range and take up to eight hours to charge which makes them unsuitable for taxis. To overcome this, the researchers at EVA have developed a fast-charging battery system that is able to supply EVA with enough power to cover 200 kilometres with just a 15 minute charge. In addition to that, EVA is built entirely with lightweight carbon fibre reinforced polymer, this translates to shedding off 150kg of weight as compared to a car made with steel; without compromising on torsional stiffness or durability.
Ergonomically Designed Seats and Cooling System
To maximize comfort for all passengers, seats are all equipped with a seat cooling system that sucks away moisture and heat from the surfaces of the seat. This not only helps by cooling them down faster but also reduces the reliance on the air-conditioning system. Another really cool design is that the front passenger seat can be tucked away to reveal an integrated child seat for children aged 9 months to 3 years old.
Studies have shown that localised cooling to certain parts to the upper body contributes to overall thermal comfort. Taking this into consideration, EVA is built with an overhead cooling system; this means cooling down faster while using lesser electricity.
Although EVA is lightweight and compact to help reduce energy consumption, EVA has a large boot that can fit bulky items like luggage, strollers or even gold clubs. Another special feature of EVA is its passenger controlled infotainment system. Climate controls and in-car entertainment will be fully controlled by the passenger from their personal Smartphones through an app.
Looking ahead, TUM CREATE will be using the NTU campus to further test EVA.
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / April 27, 2015 3:30PM GMT+8
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