The German government aims to have one million electric vehicles on German roads by 2020. Vehicles in the smallest electric vehicle class in particular have great potential for achieving this goal. At the IAA 2011, the electric vehicle MUTE, which was designed and developed by the Technical University of Munich, was presented. It can be registered in class L7e (max. empty weight without batteries 400kg, max. power 15kW) and is thus a micro electric vehicle. Class L7e offers new opportunities and ways to enter the world of electric mobility, but at the same time poses problems as no legal safety requirements have to be met. Class L7e micro electric vehicles currently on the market offer insufficient vehicle safety, which can have a negative impact on the overall picture of the vehicle class.
In the framework of this project, the safety concept to be developed for micro electric vehicles will set a new standard in this class, given the current inadequate safety record of L7e vehicles on the market. The aim is to increase the safety of micro vehicles by new safety concepts, i.e. by combining passive and active safety systems, accidents should either be avoided or, if not avoidable, the consequences of accidents should be reduced.