EMotion: Electric Mobility in L-Category Vehicles for all generations
The required reduction of CO2 emissions requires alternative mobility concepts – especially in rural and suburban areas. Within the project EMotion, Salzburg Research, together with well-known project partners, is developing new possibilities in the field of light electric mobility. In particular, commuters could use this technology to get to work in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way.
Electric mopeds have so far mainly been designed for inner-city traffic. Especially for commuters in rural or suburban areas their range is not sufficient. New products are to close the existing gap between electric mopeds and motorcycles. This should make a significant contribution to achieving the emission reduction targets set in the Austrian Climate and Energy Strategy.
The challenges lie not only in the areas of mechanics (weight reduction and range maximisation) and electronics (drive and battery system including control electronics) but also in human-machine interaction: Innovative on-board information and interaction concepts should go beyond conventional switch and button-based operations. The interaction between vehicle and driver shall be improved, among other things, by means of functional textiles. In addition, drivers are to be motivated to drive in a sustainable and energy-optimised manner.
Salzburg Research is responsible for two focal points in the research project: Together with the Würzburg Institute of Transportation Sciences, we are investigating the needs and acceptance of users with regard to these new electric powered two-wheelers and the associated potential for interaction with the two-wheeler. In addition, we are organising and evaluating an 8-month field test in which users will test the newly developed electric powered two-wheelers and determine their potential.