Volkswagen is outlining its vision for personal urban mobility in 2030 with this one-seat electric car concept, revealed here at the Frankfurt motor show.
Despite some outlandish concept car features and futuristic looks, VW insists the Volkswagen NILS concept is “anything but a dry-run exercise” and is a “very realistic proposition” for a commuter car in 2030.
It is the result of extensive analysis from VW’s ‘Group Research’ department, which serves all VW Group brands. For NILS, it looked into likely future individual transportation trends and discovered “very target group specific requirements” would be placed on cars, hence why NILS is so focused towards a very particular market.
The NILS is based around a Formula 1-style layout (driver in middle, powertrain in rear) and an aluminium spaceframe that contributes to a weight of just 460kg. A one-seat layout was chosen as almost 90 per cent of commuters who travel by car do so without any passengers.