Lightweight, solar-powered scooter boosts sustainable urban mobility

04/08/2015

BASF and German company Floatility (Hamburg) have partnered for the development of an ultra-lightweight, solar-powered electric scooter. Weighing less than 12 kg and consisting of more than 80% composite and plastic materials from BASF, the scooter will apparently give commuters the sensation of floating and has been aptly named e-floater.

"This is a perfect example of how we cooperate with our partners to fully unfold the strengths of our innovative materials. The e-floater combines stability, durability and safety with an exciting, functional design," said Andy Postlethwaite, Senior Vice President, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.

Various grades of glass fiber reinforced Ultramid polyamide (PA) will be used for most of the e-floater's structure: While mineral-filled Ultramid B3M6 is used for the parts where low warpage is crucial, impact modified Ultramid B3ZG8 combines toughness and stiffness in a manner that is favorable for structural parts that have to resist crash-loads. Further, the surface-improved Ultramid B3G10 SI offers high surface quality to the parts despite its high fiber content. In addition, the reinforcement for front body and deck will be made with new Ultracom composite materials to ensure stability. Ultracom materials are a combination of semi-finished products, such as tapes and laminates, and PA overmolding.

Together with Ultralaminate B3WG13, a thermoplastic laminate and the adapted overmolding compound Ultramid B3WG12 COM, BASF also offers its processing and designing support for the development of continuous fiber reinforced parts. Further, tires and handlebars made with BASF's TPU Elastollan will provide a good grip and smooth floating.

Oliver Risse, Founder and CEO of Floatility added, "The cooperation with BASF enables us to develop a state-of-the-art short distance urban mobility solution to provide mobility-on-demand for the future. In this way the e-floater will play a key role in making short journeys more convenient, quick, affordable and sustainable." This bridges the gap on the last mile between home or city center and the nearest public transport.

Source
Plastics Today


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