Startup e.Volution shows prototype of an electric shuttle

Startup e.Volution shows prototype of an electric shuttle

The company e.Volution GmbH, founded by Professor Günther Schuh, presented a prototype of its electric shuttle Meta for the first time at the Greentech Festival in Berlin. It is part of a holistic shuttle system for commuters to reduce car traffic at peak times.

The shuttle is based on an aluminum profile spaceframe and a plastic exterior. Since the latter can be easily dismantled, the shuttle is said to be particularly suitable for a circular economy: part of the concept is to subject the vehicles to a retread after five years - and thus, with the regular updates, to almost quadruple the service life compared to an internal combustion car, according to the company.

e.Volution does not provide any details on the drive technology and the batteries installed in the communication. e.Volution's homepage only states that up to 70 kWh of energy content should be possible. However, the batteries are also part of the cycle system: During the retreading, the modules are to be converted into stationary power racks for photovoltaic systems - again, there are no details on this in the communication.

On its homepage, e.Volution states that the Meta is to have two electric motors, each with a peak output of 135 kW. The top speed is given as 160 km/h. The vehicle is 5.08 metres long, 1.99 metres wide and 2.01 metres high. However, thanks to the air suspension, the vehicle is to be able to be lowered by up to nine centimetres to make it easier to get in and out.