Road congestion, air pollution and noise from cars are major issues in many EU cities, affecting health and quality of life. Light electric four wheelers – classified in the EU as electric L-category vehicles (ELVs) – are among the potential alternatives to cars for urban commutes. Sales of these vehicles have however been limited, mainly due to their relatively high cost and limited range.
To help overcome these barriers, RESOLVE is developing lighter and more energy-efficient parts, as well as lowering manufacturing costs. The innovations to engines, batteries and other components would extend the distance they can travel before recharging is needed, and reduce their market price.