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    Thread: IAA 2011 - Volkswagen NILS EV Concept

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      09-01-2011 03:42 PM #1
      NILS, a single-seat electric concept vehicle that offers a glimpse of a new form of minimalist mobility, has been unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this month. This concept car – which features an aluminium space frame, wing doors and free-standing wheels – has the dynamic performance of a sports car, yet travels silently, and with zero emissions...

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      09-01-2011 06:51 PM #2
      I kind of like it... in a "what the hell?!" kind of way. I'd like to see this go somewhere.

    3. 09-01-2011 06:57 PM #3
      I'd love to see & have one of these in the US! Very cool for a short point A to B commuter car.

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      09-01-2011 07:50 PM #4
      just 0.39 metres wide from wheel to whee
      What? They realize that's about 15.375", right? Must be a typo.
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      09-02-2011 01:33 AM #5
      I find this design pretty spectacular. Even if it is reminiscent of Jonathan Price's Messerschmitt KR200 in Brazil. I like the idea that it fills two needs: Zero emissions and still having a sporting nature.

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      09-02-2011 10:49 AM #6
      Neato. First thing that came to mind:

      Cruisin' in my NILS. Sporty single-seat EV. Saving the planet. Realize I only need one seat...


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      09-02-2011 04:52 PM #7
      I'd love to see this reach North America.... not likely but I'd still like to have it here....

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      09-02-2011 05:21 PM #8
      Cool looking but is may math correct ...only 40miles on a charge?

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      09-02-2011 09:12 PM #9
      Perfect for me....I would probably buy this for my commute depending on the price. Good looks and no gas....love it.
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      09-02-2011 09:45 PM #10
      Considering my drive to work is only 7 minutes, this is a perfect car for me. I'd love to get a small/micro electric car for my commute.

      But alas,... Volkswagen will never produce it.

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      09-04-2011 01:45 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by MrGTI View Post
      Considering my drive to work is only 7 minutes, this is a perfect car for me. I'd love to get a small/micro electric car for my commute.

      But alas,... Volkswagen will never produce it.
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    13. 09-05-2011 08:53 AM #13
      Those tires are not prepared for new england...

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      09-05-2011 12:05 PM #14
      ^^^
      get some knobby tires and they cut right through the snow..

      I really like this econo car.. It begs to be raced too! If VW actually produced this, they would make history AGAIN. This makes electric cars look cool.

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      09-05-2011 03:20 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by Loshambo View Post
      I really like this econo car.. It begs to be raced too! If VW actually produced this, they would make history AGAIN. This makes electric cars look cool.
      I keep coming back to this article to stare wistfully at this thing. I want it bad, but I would like the option of a two seater version. My commute is 14 miles each way so this would be a good fit. As you say, it is cool.

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      09-07-2011 08:50 AM #16
      cool money-making scheme: http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...n-energy_n.htm

      electricity prices will go up just as EVs start emerging = €ding€ding€ding€
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    17. 09-09-2011 10:51 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by keithR32 View Post
      Cool looking but is may math correct ...only 40miles on a charge?
      yeah but it recharges in 2 hours. it isnt ment to be driven cross country. Evs are also not really ment for much highway driving either (sucks the battery down faster) You get much better milage on side roads. it is strictly a commuter car.

      i like it, but it will never get built

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      09-14-2011 09:21 AM #18
      Hmm.

      Heavy, although the previous streamlined one-seat-wide concepts have been heavy on the carbon fiber, and this has no carbon fiber, instead mostly aluminum. (Then again, the 1-Liter and L1 were two-seaters.) I'm going to consider it a divergence in evolution from the L1 - the XL1 being the other fork. It's a shame the tandem seater concept died, although the Audi Urban Concept is more aggressively staggered than the XL1 is.

      Having to select eco mode on the PID (which is just an HTC Android smartphone, it seems) bothers me. Actually, having the trip computer on there bothers me some, too, when there's a perfectly good LCD instrument cluster for that. However, putting the audio and navigation on the phone does make sense - I often use my phone for that when I'm driving.

      I'm assuming VW knows what they're doing with the aerodynamics around the suspension - or, they don't care that much due to the expected operating speed of the vehicle, and the weight savings of leaving it exposed (which, on a 4-wheeler, are pretty significant) make up for the higher drag at lower speeds. It'd be interesting to see the effect on total drag from fairing the suspension in, versus how it is now, though. However, the previous concepts (which were autobahn-capable, with plenty of range, unlike this, which is intended for urban situations) WERE faired in, but had a narrower track.

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