Debuting at the Frankfurt auto show last month, the energy efficient Forvision concept car impressed audiences with a slew of innovative materials and design features – something you might expect from one of the world’s top chemical makers, but that you’d rarely get to see outside the chemistry or research lab.
Among the concept’s coolest features:
- Infrared-reflective glass that keeps the interior from heating up when parked under the sun
- Transparent, light-activated solar cells on the roof that power the car’s climate control system
- Fleece-wrapped chairs that keep passengers cool in warm weather and warm in cold weather
- Foam-insulated thermal interior
- Lightweight carbon fiber doors
- Durable, all-plastic wheels
These energy-efficient, lightweight design elements help power a vehicle that is 50 percent lighter than steel counterparts and 30 percent lighter than aluminum versions.
Dr. Christian Fischer, Head of BASF Polymer Research, added in a statement:
Cars of the future need materials and technologies which reduce energy consumption whilst also increasing the range and level of comfort. Our innovations make a decisive contribution to this. We are proud to have developed a holistic concept for sustainable urban mobility in cooperation with smart. Together we are presenting a pioneering vehicle which is without parallel.
And, if you happen to come down with a case of range anxiety, fear not. The Smart concept would take you 20 percent farther than a traditional EV – plenty of time and miles to find the nearest charging station.
Photo via BASF.com