Future Mobility in Tropical Megacities

  • R. KochhanEmail author
  • D. Gleyzes


Based in Singapore, TUM CREATE focuses on a holistic approach towards electric mobility in tropical megacities. One field of research within TUM CREATE deals with the development of transportation concepts for tropical megacities like Singapore. Urban mobility in tropical megacities can be expected to change dramatically in the future. Understanding how tropical urban mobility can look like in the next ten or 20 years would be advantageous for car manufacturers as well as for researchers. This article provides an overview of a possible approach to analyse future mobility in tropical megacities. It mainly aims towards the opportunities of defining and using future scenarios to derive feasible and suitable vehicle concepts for megacities like Singapore. It also shows the possibilities of a breakthrough in battery technology which can have an impact on future scenarios.


Future Scenario Internal Combustion Engine Electric Mobility Battery Technology Vehicle Concept 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research OfficeTUM CREATE Centre for ElectromobilitySingaporeSingapore

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