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German Electric Car Research Project Building Better EV

There’s new news in Germany about an interesting electric car project under development by a consortium of European automotive industry engineers, government officials and academics that aims to make future EVs better in every way — cheaper, lighter and safer. Originally mentioned back in last May, the Visio.M, according to Green Car Congress, now looks to be a functional prototype vehicle undergoing initial tests.

Technische Universität München, which is who initially envisioned it, notes the participants in the project have chosen what is described as “a sturdy monocoque body, state-of-the-art carbon fiber materials and a lightweight engine and transmission system.” Those involved in making these types of decisions are a who’s who of Germany’s top name organizations, including the university, BMW, Daimler, E.ON, Siemens and Texas Instruments. It also comes with a hefty budget, being funded over two and a half years for 10.8 million euros, or $14.6 million American.
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