TUM research project aCar presents itself on the IAA today

Today, on September 13 2017, the TUM-coordinated research project aCar presents its second conceptually and technically optimized prototype to the press and, subsequently, to professional visitors at the International Motor Show Germany (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany. The prototype will be exhibited until the end of the Trade days on September 15.

The IAA is one of the leading automotive trade fairs across the globe. This year’s 67th installment runs under the slogan “Future now” and is dedicated to key aspects of automotive transformation such as connected and automated driving, electric mobility and new mobility concepts.

The project aCar is a research project of TUM under the lead of the Chair of Automotive Technology in cooperation with the Chair of Metal Forming and Casting and the Chair of Industrial Design. The Chair For Strategy and Organization,held by Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe, of TUM School of Management is responsible for the Business Modell.

Furthermore, the research project is a cooperation with two scientific partner institutes and six industrial partners. The research project is funded by the Bayerische Forschungsstiftung (Bavarian Research Foundation).

The idea behind the project is to build a car that deals with the mobility needs of suburban Africa in the years 2020 to 2030. The electric car is constructed to provide the rural population of Africa more independence and strengthen the self-sufficiency of rural areas. It is mainly designed for passenger and cargo transport but its battery and its modular structure grant it the possibility to be used as driver for high-consumption applications or provide further uses such as a being used as a water treatment station. The energy for the battery is provided by solar modules on the roof of the aCar.

The initial production of the vehicle will start in Germany with the aim to consequently build up production facilities in Africa in order to reduce costs by avoiding import tariffs and trade chargers, empowering local small and medium enterprises and creating new jobs. A first small series of production is slated for mid-2019.

For more information on the project itself, please click here.
A list of all supporters of the project can be found here.
More details and press material can be found here.


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