Frankfurt Live: VW Nils image

At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled its single-setter fully electric concept car called the Nils.

According to the automaker, NILS electric vehicle reflects a new form of minimal mobility.

“The single-seater was developed for commuters, because – in Germany, for example – 90 percent of car commuters are alone in their car,” says Prof. Dr. Jürgen Leohold, Director of Volkswagen Group Research.

This study with its progressive aluminium space-frame body, wing doors and free-standing wheels shows a high level of dynamic performance, yet it glides into the future with zero emissions.

Motivation comes from a 33-horsepower electric motor that weighs just 42 pounds, pulling power from a 5.3 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The range is about 40 miles and charging takes just two hours.

The project is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Developement.