Students from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Technical University of Munich) are being assisted by BMW, Daimler and perhaps 12 other groups in their effort to create an electric vehicle for small cities. The EV, named the Vision.M, will be categorized by the European Union’s as being an L7e vehicle, not a car.
These heavy motorized quadricycles are limited by law to having a 15-kilowat electric motor and weighing no more than 882 pounds. EV experts estimate that a 15 kw motor is about the same as a 20 horsepower engine and should have the ability of reaching a top speed of 50 miles an hour.
Though private companies such as Daimler and BMW are providing guidance, the funding for the Vision.M comes from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research.