Piaggio and KTM to Develop New Range of Electric Vehicles with Massive EU Support

The EU is apparently becoming very interested in the electric future of local transport. The Range of Electric Solutions for L-category Vehicles project, also known as RESOLVE, is aimed "at enabling the development of a range of cost-effective, energy-efficient and comfortable ELVs (Electric L-category Vehicles) that will primarily attract ICE car drivers to switch to ELVs for daily urban commutes."
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Photo: Quadro
Piaggio was chosen as the coordinator of this project, but another top name appears on the list of companies involved in developing the new generation of electric commuters, and we're talking about KTM.

Since KTM agreed to be a part of this, we should not be surprised to see Kiska on the same list. Kiska has been responsible for the design of KTM machinery for quite a long time now, and their presence in the RESOLVE consortium assures us that the future vehicles will not be easy to miss as they roll down the street.

Bosch and European universities are also on the RESOLVE list

Bosch is another name on the list, as well as Magneti Marelli, alongside universities and institutes. We should mention the Austrian Institute of Technology, and the universities of Warwick, Pisa and Firenze.

Piaggio gets the biggest chunk of the development funds, just under €1.36 mil ($1.48 mil), followed by KTM with €1.22 mil ($1.33) and Bosch with €696,000 ($759,000).

Tilting electric quads to draw gas-powered drivers

The aim of the project is to deliver two electric four-wheeled vehicles with tilting arhcitecture and demoing them. One of these e-quads will be a smaller, moped-class machine, while the other will be a full-on quadricyle. Visrodown expects them to be somewhat similar to Quadro's machines, sporting exceptional on-road stability even in extreme scenarios.

2018 is said to be the year when these e-commuters hit the road. They are also expected to draw people who would normally drive a gas-powered car to the smaller vehicle segment, and obviously, showing to them the advantages of going electric.

RESOLVE has also initiated a survey to try and determine what the optimal development direction might be. The survey is public and anonymous, so you can all have a say in the future of electric transport in Europe.
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