While electric vehicles (EV) are a good idea to help reduce our carbon emission and help save the earth, they are unfortunately not as widespread as manufacturers are hoping. There are a couple of reasons ranging from being expensive to being troublesome due to the limited range that they can travel and the lack of charging stations (along with long charge times too, although that might change). In any case, BMW along with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Daimler and other engineers have come together for a project dubbed Visio.M.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research who has pumped in €10.8 million. The result so far is a concept car that will not only be cheaper than other EVs, but will also be lighter and weighs in at around 882 pounds without the battery. Power for the vehicle will come from a 15kW electric motor and is said to meet the European L7e regulation category for smaller EVs. While this concept will not be put into production, it is a first step towards creating an EV that is affordable and whose price should be attractive enough for the masses to take into serious consideration.