TUM aCar Prototype To Be Shown at IAA

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) and partners will be presenting a prototype electric four-wheel drive utility vehicle. The aCar is designed for use in Africa as both a passenger carrier and cargo hauler. Its load capacity is designed to be one ton.

In addition, the batteries on the aCar can be utilized for off-grid use such as with a winch, water pump, and so forth. Modules can be added to the rear bed for various needs, such as a mobile physician’s office or water treatment station.

The two-seat truck has a power output of 2 x 8 kW at 48 volts and a top speed of 37 mph (60 km/h). The  20 kWh battery gives the aCar a total range of about 50 miles (80 km). It can be charged from various sources, including 220-volt household, solar modules on the roof, and solar collector sheets that can be unrolled when the truck is parked.

The team produced the first prototype in May 2016 and conducted initial tests in Germany. However, to make sure the aCar also meets all the demands placed on it on location, they shipped the vehicle to Ghana, where they tested the technology and concept under local conditions in July 2017.

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