TUM CREATE is a joint research programme between Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore with funding by the National Re­search Foundation of Singapore. It is developing innovative technologies, future transportation con­cepts and the application of electric vehicles (EVs) to match the challenging requirements of fast-growing tropical megacities. Working on the scale of the molecule to the mega-city, over 100 scien­tists and engineers are working in ten research areas including new battery materials, EV design, computer modelling and simulations, and transportation systems design. One of TUM CREATE’s cur­rent endeavours is to design and build the world’s first purpose-built electric taxi. The scientists and engineers are exploring cutting-edge concepts including solar-powered parking lots, high-speed bat­tery charging, wireless charging and other radical technologies.

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