The Technische Universität München (TUM) has unveiled the Visio.M concept, ahead of its debut at eCarTec 2014.

The Technische Universität München (TUM) has unveiled the Visio.M concept, ahead of its debut at eCarTec 2014.

Jointly developed by TUM researchers and industry experts, the Visio.M is being billed as a sporty, safe and affordable electric vehicle.

While the exterior is stylish and compact, the two seater cabin is a little plain. Despite this, there's a digital instrument cluster, a flat bottomed steering wheel and an adjustable infotainment display.

Power is provided by a 13.5 kWh lithium-ion battery which feeds an electric motor that develops 20 bhp (15 kW). This doesn't sound like much but it will enable the model to hit a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and travel up to 160 km (99.4 miles) on a single charge. When the battery is depleted, it can be recharged in approximately three to four hours with a 230 V outlet.

In order to get this impressive performance from a small battery, engineers made sure the Visio.M was a light as possible. As TUM Automotive Technology Chair Prof. Markus Lienkamp explained, "Light weight is essential for an electric vehicle because more weight requires more battery performance for the same range and thus generates higher costs. More weight also means poorer driving dynamics at the same performance.

Taking this into consideration, engineers developed a carbon fiber reinforced plastic monocoque and used lightweight materials such as polycarbonate windows. Thanks to these efforts, the car tips the scale at 450 kg (992 lbs) when the batteries are removed.

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