Today marks the conclusion of the 80th edition of the Geneva Motor Show but we could not let this remarkable episode end without mention of one final electric city car: the Eva concept by Valmet Automotive. The contract constructor, whose Finnish facility fabricates the Th!nk City, the genteel Garia golfcart and will soon furnish Fisker with the Karma, took it upon themselves to engineer their own vehicle as a way of exhibiting their expertise in this area as well.
What they’ve come up with is an attractive 2+2 built on an advanced aluminum space frame (like the Karma’s) with modularity that allows it to be adapted to other vehicle types. The drivetrain boasts a high-efficiency axial flux induction motor from Axco Motors featuring direct drive that can bring the Eva up to 120 km/h (75 miles per hour). Its Nokia smartphone technology allows the handset’s apps to be accessed through the infotainment system and also capture performance and other vehicle data. Its NAVTEQ-supplied navigation computer can take terrain into account and plan the most efficient route, lead you to the nearest charging station and warn you as you approach “point of no return” of its 100 mile (160 kilometers) range. The only thing this city car concept doesn’t seem to do is iron and fold your laundry. It’s even had its own charger unit which can be activated via SMS.
Although the company won’t be offering their automotive opus for sale, at least not directly, we still may have a chance to see it operating on the road. Valmet president Ilpo Korhonen referred to the Eva as “a car for driving not only for showing.” Hey, after all that effort, we hope so. Hit the jump for the full press release as well as bonus video of the vehicle’s unveiling.
Gallery: Valmet Eva
[Source: Valmet Automotive]
Geneva 2010: Valmet presents their all-electric Eva concept originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Sun, 14 Mar 2010 17:52:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.