At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Volkswagen displayed the Nils concept, a tiny single-seater electric vehicle. The tiny car has its body made out of aluminum space frame that keeps its weight to a low 1014lbs. Power comes from a 25kW electric motor that creates 130Nm of torque and sends energy to the rear wheels. Nils concept can go from zero to 62 mph in 11 seconds and has a top speed of 81 mph.
Obviously, this isn’t the car meant for the track, it is a vehicle with a tiny road footprint, zero emissions and for short distance commutes. It would possibly be a much better option to carpool or use public transport, but if you must drive, this tiny clean car could prove mighty useful.
Statistics show most of the commuters in Berlin and Munich cover less than 16 miles for their daily office commute, of all these people, nearly 90% drive alone, certainly not a very encouraging number. Volkswagen built the concept in collaboration with German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development.
Nils has a range of 40 miles and can be charged using the conventional 230-V electrical outlet. Interiors of the car have room for speed, range, and energy usage displays and an infotainment system fits onto the A-pillar.