First ever made in Singapore electric taxi
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
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.
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.
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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