EVA is an electric car explicitly designed as taxi for tropical megacities.
TUM CREATE in Singapore employs a team of 120 scientists, engineers, and designers from 20 countries. As a key output, EVA is the first electric vehicle specifically designed as a taxi for tropical megacities. This is the result of a successful collaboration between Singapore's Nanyang Technological University and the Technische Universität München (TUM) with strong support from Singapore’s National Research Foundation. These partners built EVA from the ground up, going from concept to prototype in just two years.
Developing the electric taxi in Singapore was a feat in itself, given the country's small automobile industry.
By replacing fuel-burning vehicles with electric-powered ones, carbon emissions as well as local noise and hydrocarbon emissions can be reduced. The impact that taxis can make is far greater than private passenger cars due to their leveraging effect. In Singapore, taxis make up less than 3% of the vehicle population. Despite their small numbers, they account for 15% of the total distance covered by all vehicles in Singapore.
Many taxis run on two-shift rotation for up to 24 hours every day, covering an average of 520 km each.
In addition, transportation companies around the world typically re-purpose passenger cars as taxis.
However, the challenge of current electric vehicles is the extremely limited range and long recharge times (up to 8 hours), making them unsuitable as taxis. The heat and humidity in tropical megacities also pose unique challenges, including passenger cooling and battery pack heat management, which are specific for this part of the world. Our engineers and scientists have tackled these challenges by seeking solutions for a more sustainable future in mobility.