TUM Create Eva Taxi
In terms of practicality and emissions reductions, it is a wonder cities like New York and L.A. have not pushed harder to get electric taxi fleets on the streets. A study commissioned by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg found that New York City could save 13 million gallons of gasoline and 55,640 tons of CO2 emissions annually if it switched one-third of taxi fleets to electric models in the coming years.
The Technische Universität München (TUM) and Nanyang Technological University collaborated on a taxi concept that could provide 120 miles of range on just 15 minutes of charging time. In addition, it features an innovative overhead air-conditioning system that cools passengers without taxing the battery excessively. While designed for tropical climates like Singapore’s, the taxi could provide a practical solution for many U.S. cities suffocating from CO2 emissions.
Audi R8 e-tron
Sure, the name sounds like it was meant for a robot, but the Audi R8 e-tron concept’s sports car thrills and impressive electric range would make it a very welcome addition to the electric vehicle industry. In 2012, the R8 e-tron made headlines for breaking production car records on the Nürburgring Nordschleife run, but it appeared as if the concept would die like so many other bright lights of the past.