The Volkswagen Group is backing small electric cars in the future with the proof being two ‘pod’ style concepts unveiled before the Frankfurt Auto Show.
Audi’s Urban concept features a two-seat configuration but VW’s recently revealed Nils concept is strictly a single seater. The tiny concept uses two polycarbonate gullwing doors (plus a rear hatch) in a unique shape that envisions a future style of transportation for European commuters.
The Nils weighs just 450kg and rides on four exterior wheels with individual guards. The concept is powered by a 15kW electric motor that allows a range of around 64 km, but it has a overboost feature which takes output up to 25kW. This can move the Nils from 0-100kph in 11 seconds, top speed is rated at 128kph.
Charging from a standard European socket takes only two hours. The plug port is located at the back underneath the rear lights.
Despite its limited dimensions, Volkswagen promises that the concept achieves all the expected safety requirements within its aluminum space frame.
Volkswagen are serious about the idea of a single-seat commuter, having already showcased the similar Formula XL1 concept earlier this year.