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From electric car to green mobile app

SINGAPORE – As an electric car project here reaches its halfway point, researchers are exploring ideas such as a mobile application that tells drivers where the nearest charging station is or how much energy they need for their daily route.

They are also toying with the idea of getting taxi and logistics companies to adopt the electric vehicles.

Giving an update on the project, Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) Asia managing director Markus Wachter told Today in an interview last week that the electric car being developed at the TUM-CREATE Centre for Electromobility – a research programme by TUM and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – is on track to hit the roads next year. And in the last few months, researchers have also started a study of Singapore driver behaviour.

“How a driver brakes and accelerates varies from person to person, and this will determine how fast the energy in the battery is used,” said Dr Wachter.

Researchers are also looking at monitoring the “health status” and reliability issues of car batteries.


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