Singapore Tropics Taxi Moves Closer to Production
First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show, the EVA is considered the first taxi designed for the tropics. A collaboration with Nanyang Technological University and Germany’s Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), the electric vehicle has seats designed to improve airflow and wick away moisture from passengers, helping reduce the air conditioning loads. Explains Today Online, a Singapore-based publication:
Overhead air-conditioning outlets target upper bodies of passengers and drivers to reduce the need to cool the entire cabin, while a lightweight carbon fibre is used for the body as a fuel-saving feature.
There are some 28,000 taxis operating in Singapore, representing less than three percent of the vehicles on the country's roads, but they are responsible for 15 percent of miles travelled, so reducing their environmental impact is a primary goal of the project. The developers are currently in talks with carmakers about producing the car. It is also recognized that work needs to be done to improve the country's charging infrastructure. There are some 70 public chargers in the nation of of 5.4 million population, but only two of them are fast chargers.
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