Time // 2010-2013


Client // TU Munich


Location // Munich, Germany


Status // Built Prototype


Type // Electric Mobility


Size // –


Bart//Bratke // Paul Clemens Bart, Marvin Bratke


Design Team // Paul Bart, Marvin Bratke, Simon Rauchbart, Daniel Tudman, Wotan Wilden


Team // Florian Abendschein, Patrick Freund, Michael Fuderer, Jennifer Schikora, Ilona Skownorek, Verena Voppichler


Professor // Fritz Frenkler, Markus Lienkamp

At the start of 2010, an idea was born at TU Munich. The goal was to design and explore a completely new electric vehicle that is optimally tailored to the future electric mobility.



MUTE (later Visio.m) combines the scientific and research innovation of 20 Chairs at TUM and is designed for seamless integration in the mobility infrastructure. This highly-efficient vehicle keeps power consumption on the road to a minimum thanks to its light weight, optimized aerodynamics and energy-efficient components. The lightweight design allows the use of a small battery. When combined with well-engineered and low-cost components, an affordable vehicle can be brought to market.Focus was also placed on safety – a vehicle that looks like an automobile must drive like an automobile.
The large rear trunk lid allows the functional luggage compartment to be conveniently loaded and unloaded. The electric range extender is located behind the trapezoidal opening at the front of the vehicle. The diffuser at the rear creates a dynamic finish.
With its distinct, defined trailing edge, MUTE’s fastback style gives it the look of a coupé. It makes an assured, self-confident impression thanks to short overhangs, horizontal lines at the front and the rear, and flared wheel wells.
The interplay of curves and sharp edges emphasize MUTE’s sporty, dynamic nature.
Daytime running lights in the form of LED strips lend a visual tension to the LED twin headlights. LED technology in the front and rear headlights ensure excellent light output, while at the same time minimizing energy consumption. The “plus-minus” graphic at the front and rear mirrors the signs on a battery terminal. The stepped side window line is another striking characteristic – all culminating in a distinct, instantly recognizable design.
The vehicle interior is clearly structured and will not distract the driver from what is happening on the road. The understated design of the surfaces plays a key role in this regard.
The centrally positioned touchscreen is another notable feature. It doubles as the main control panel for all tertiary functions not directly connected with driving.