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23. August 2011

eCarLiveDrive 2011 - Join the eMobility Revolution!

Electric mobility is no longer considered an abstract technology - on the contrary: It has turned into a topic that is starting to electrify and mobilize the public. The subject of electric mobility covers far more than just replacing the combustion engine and the tank with a battery. It is on the verge of revolutionizing mobility in a larger context that also incorporates vehicle architecture, network integration, infrastructure, drive concepts, key components, mobility and logistics concepts.

The electric vehicle is different from a combustion engine in many ways: engine, battery, range, breaking behaviour and gear shift. The most important difference, however, is the driving experience. "It is extremely fun to drive electric vehicles! You just hit the gas pedal, and the car accelerates without interruptions. That is simply an incredible drive experience", says Robert Metzger, Manging Director at MunichExpo and organizer of eCarTec. "With eCarLiveDrive, we seek to make a platform available to vehicle manufacturers to convince the end consumers directly on site of the advantages of electric vehicles".

From electric pedelecs, electric scooters, small cars and sports cars to high-tech utility vehicles: The eCarLiveDrive test track is over one kilometer long and gives trade fair visitors the opportunity to admire innovative electric vehicles or to test drive them on site. Our goal is to address a large audience and not just professional visitors. "Enthusiasm is fuelled by own experiences" explains Metzger. "We intend to overcome the former image of ecologically friendly cars and wish to let our visitors have fun, experience their emotions and help them make buying decisions for the future. Last year’s test track with over 3,000 vehicles was a major attraction. This year, we have expanded the track and are expecting up to 10,000 visitors and 100 electric vehicles that can be test-driven on the track."

One of the highlights at eCarLiveDrive is a Dutch superbus, a prototype that was developed by the Technical University of Delft under Professor Wubbo Ockels. The superbus is 15 meters long, 1.65 meters high and is accelerated by electric engines up to 250 km per hour. The vehicle is equipped with seats for 23 passengers and one seat for wheelchair users. The passenger cabin is decorated fancily to evoke the business class feel of an airplane, according to the designers. The passengers reach their seats through eight wing doors at each side. The frame itself is made of carbon, the body of fibreglass, the windows consist of polycarbonate. What is more, the vehicle weighs only 9.5 tons. The four electric engines produce an ongoing power of 405 hp, up to 800 hp can be achieved for a short period of time. According to the project team, the range is about 210 km. The superbus with three axles is suitable for normal streets.

About eCarTec
The leading trade fair for electric mobility is an excellent opportunity to acquaint yourself in detail with the cross-sectional project of e-mobility. The trade fair will take place from October 18 to 20, 2011 at the New Munich Trade Fair Center and will present electric vehicles, storage technology, drive and engine technology. It also deals with the topics of energy, infrastructure and financing. A test track area where end consumers can try out the latest electric vehicles and acquaint themselves with latest technologies is also included. The trade fair focuses on developers, designers, managers, dealers, fleet managers, private vehicle purchasers and decision-makers from politics and public authorities. A specialist conference on electric mobility will round off the event. The leading trade fair for material applications, MATERIALICA – 14th international trade fair for material applications, surfaces and product engineering – will take place alongside eCarTec as well as sMove360° - 1st international trade fair for smart car communications. The large number of representatives from the automotive industry is sure to promote a synergy effect between both trade fairs. MATERIALICA considers itself a link between the engineering and supply industry.

Marco Ebner
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