Although presented as a concept vehicle at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Magna Steyr’s Mila ev was designed to demonstrate the company’s expertise in producing a platform that can be readily adapted to a variety of OEM needs.
As the name suggests, the concept is intended as an electric vehicle. The concept is powered by a 50-kW electric motor from electrical energy stored in a lithium-ion battery pack developed by Magna Steyr. The company quotes an average charging time of around 2.5 h to provide a range of up to 150 km (93 mi).
As displayed, the concept is a five-door hatchback on a 2500-mm (98.4-in) wheelbase measuring around 4000 mm (157 in) long. The glass roof incorporates photovoltaic cells to provide additional energy regeneration. Door mirrors are replaced by rearview cameras.
Magna Steyr suggests that the Mila ev is a ready-developed concept that can immediately be used to develop a production vehicle, thereby reducing the lead time to production. The platform is said to be suitable for electric, natural gas, fuel cell, or hybrid drive systems.
According to Magna Steyr, the advantages of the concept are that its platform does not require a modification of classical vehicle concepts because it is functionally optimized for all vehicle features such as weight, strength, NVH, and impact resistance.
The same basic platform can be used either by a number of different OEMs and/or for different drive versions, leading to higher production runs and reduced costs.