DLR targets ultimate efficiency with urban commuter concept

DLR targets ultimate efficiency with urban commuter concept

At the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the German Aerospace Center showed the Safe Light Regional Vehicle (SLRV) that it says could be offered for about €15,000, last 300,000 km and 10 years, at an operating cost of roughly 10 cents per kilometer.
At the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, the German Aerospace Center — known in Germany as the Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) — showed how it says climate protection and road mobility can go hand-in-hand by spotlighting two futuristic prototype vehicles.

“Mobility is, and is set to remain, an integral part of our global world,” said Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the DLR Executive Board. “We want to continue to be mobile in the future — but even safer and more comfortable, while avoiding emissions and saving resources. As one of the largest transport research institutions in Europe, DLR is actively shaping this transformation process by keeping people’s wishes in mind and looking at both the energy and transport systems.

With partners from science and industry, DLR is developing solutions several solutions, one that caught our eye being the Safe Light Regional Vehicle (SLRV). The sporty alternative-drive concept is said to be extremely light yet very safe thanks to a metallic sandwich structure that weighs only about 90 kg (198 lb).

The material comprises a metal top layer and a plastic foam interior. The front and rear sections of the concept are made of sandwich panels and serve as crumple zones. These sections al
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