small Electric Passenger vehicle with maximized Safety and Integrating a Lightweight Oriented Novel body architecture

  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: STREP
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Category: Electrification (FEV/PHEV)
  • End Date: 31/10/2016
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars

epsilon is an EU collaborative research project that aims to conceptualise and prototype the electric urban small vehicle of 2020-2025.

epsilon will focus on the development of an innovative electric vehicle concept specifically designed for the typical transport tasks in urban areas. The epsilon vehicle will be considerably lighter, more energy efficient and require less road space than today’s sub-compact cars, still offering the same level of safety. Compared to powered two-wheelers, epsilon will provide higher safety, transport capacity and driving comfort in all weather conditions. Offering at the same time an appealing driving performance at affordable costs, the epsilon vehicle will address not only the ecological and societal, but also the economic dimension of sustainable mobility, defining a new vehicle class by closing the gap between powered two-wheelers, ultra light vehicles (L7e) and conventional passenger cars (M1).

Making use of state-of-the-art components and integrating highly innovative components and systems from technology and component focused research activities, the epsilon project brings together some of the top automotive design & engineering companies and institutes in Europe and most advanced technologies.