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Volkswagen to showcase MicroCity, NILS

Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD
Last Updated: Mon, Jan 07, 2013 19:36 hrs

The NILS project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, and is designed to be both technically realistic and economically feasible

German car maker Volkswagen Group, will be presenting concept of intelligent traffic systems Microcity and NILS, a single-seat electric concept vehicle designed to address future individual mobility requirements.

Pune is hosting Indo-German Urban Mela (IGUM) from Janauary 11 to 20th January 2013 at Deccan College grounds. In this, Volkswagen will also talk about the future targets based on innovation, Responsibility and sustainability. Under Innovation, the displayed content will be on the future of hybrid mobility, electric mobility and alternative fuels.

The NILS project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, and is designed to be both technically realistic and economically feasible. NILS is a very compact car that requires extremely little space in traffic.

It is only 3.04 metres long and just 1.39 metres wide from wheel to wheel and a mere 1.2 metres tall.

Speaking about this, VW India spokesman Alexander Skibbe, manager VW Group Communication said," We are introducing Microcity for the first time and is one of the solutions conceptualised by Volkswagen to address these problems concerning urban congestion is MicroCity. It is a concept of intelligent traffic systems which makes using passenger vehicles in cities easier and more appealing for customers. The MicroCity is a mobility hub that is more than simply a car park and comes with integrated vehicle-related services such as charging stations and vehicle rental stations."

According to Skibbe, the MicroCity is also a central point for switching to different modes of transport: boarding an underground train, taking advantage of car sharing and car pools, or hiring an e-scooter for those last few metres to the city centre.

This hub is enhanced with shops and other useful services.

With the MicroCity, Volkswagen is able to position itself with customers and cities as a partner for an intelligent form of urban mobility.

The logical combination of mobility, services and concentrated parking zones in micro-cities could thus provide lasting relief for overcrowded cities and rid the urban landscape of the long rows of stationary vehicles — a vision that is surprisingly realistic.




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