Commute in solitude

Volkswagen Nils concept

Electric motor

Lithium ion battery

Charging and range

Seating for 1

Interior

Drive selector

Instrument cluster

Driver's seat view

Tiny trunk

Light weight

Volkswagen's latest concept is designed for city drivers who commute alone for short distances.
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Dubbed the Nils concept, this electric vehicle produces zero tailpipe emissions.
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An electric motor positioned on the rear axle outputs a continuous 20 horsepower and 96 pound-feet of torque but can summon up to 33.5 horsepower for short boosts when necessary.
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A 5.3kWh lithium ion battery powers the EV up to its top speed of 81 mph.
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The Nils is able to travel up to 40 miles between 2-hour charges, which should be enough to get many commuters to and from work daily.
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The Nils has space for just one under its gullwing door.
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There's not much space in the Nils' cabin, so VW has offloaded many of the infotainment functions to a docked smartphone.
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The power button doubles as the drive selector. Push to start, twist to D, and you're off.
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The instrumentation displays speed, battery charge state, and range data. FYI, "Fahrzeug wird geladen" translates to "The vehicle is loaded," which we assume means "The battery is full."
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The smartphone mounted to the right of the instrument cluster is where controls for navigation, media playback, and hands-free calling can be found.
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There's not much space in the Nils' boot, but you could probably fit a briefcase and a few bags of groceries.
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The Nils tips the scales at an Audi Urban Concept-rivaling 1,018 pounds.
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