TUM CREATE is a joint research programme between Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore with funding by the National Research Foundation of Singapore. It is developing innovative technologies, future transportation concepts and the application of electric vehicles (EVs) to match the challenging requirements of fast-growing tropical megacities. Working on the scale of the molecule to the mega-city, over 100 scientists and engineers are working in ten research areas including new battery materials, EV design, computer modelling and simulations, and transportation systems design. One of TUM CREATE’s current endeavours is to design and build the world’s first purpose-built electric taxi. The scientists and engineers are exploring cutting-edge concepts including solar-powered parking lots, high-speed battery charging, wireless charging and other radical technologies.