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Volkswagen Jumps on the City Car Bandwagon with the NILS Concept

Posted By Laura K. Cowan On September 6, 2011 @ 8:38 am In automotive,Green Transportation,News | 3 Comments

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Here is one more car to add to the growing list of futuristic electric city cars [1] going into production. The Volkswagen [2] NILS EV Concept will debut alongside its Audi Urban Concept cousin [3] at the Frankfurt Motor Show [4] next week and is designed to please the German commuter, who needs a range of 40 miles, moderate power, and apparently only the tiniest of trunks.

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The NILS Concept [5] is an EV powered by in-wheel motors and a lithium ion battery pack. The vehicle has a 0-60 time of 11 seconds and tops out at 81 miles per hour, which is a little less than futuristic. However, the NILS has some unique features, such as a starter button placed on top of the gear shifter and mechanical steering. We’ll keep you up to date with more photos when this little cutie takes a bow at Frankfurt. Until then, contemplate with us how efficiently you would have to pack to use the trunk space shown in the photo gallery.

+ Volkswagen [2]

Via Car & Driver [6]


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[1] electric city cars: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=electric+city+car

[2] Volkswagen: http://www.volkswagen.com

[3] Audi Urban Concept cousin: http://inhabitat.com/audi-offers-a-sneak-peek-of-its-futuristic-electric-urban-concept-car-before-frankfurt-motor-show/

[4] Frankfurt Motor Show: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=frankfurt+motor+show

[5] NILS Concept: http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/11q3/volkswagen_nils_ev_concept-auto_shows

[6] Car & Driver: http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car/11q3/volkswagen_nils_ev_concept-auto_shows/gallery

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