Ludwigshafen, Germany -- The i-flow concept car, a joint project between BASF and Hyundai, uses polyurethane materials in its interior, BASF said 3 March.
The i-flow, which debuted this Tuesday (2 March 2010) at the International Motor Show in Geneva, is using the BASF polyurethane material, Elastoskin, for its dashboard and interior automotive parts, the statement said. Elastoskin, BASF said, is characterised by "excellent optic and haptics, combined with a pleasant soft touch."
Elastollan, a thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer from BASF, is also being used to give high-quality surfaces on interior parts. The TPU is abrasion-proof and can be produced in light and dark colours, the statement added.
Designed to allow greater fuel efficiency and lower environmental impact, the i-flow's modern diesel engine is encapsulated with a rigid PU insulation system to reduce emissions and fuel consumption by lessening the impact of heating and cooling on short trips, BASF said.
"The i-flow is a milestone on the road to the car of the future," said Wolfgang Hapke, head of BASF's Performance Polymers division, in the company announcement. "We are very happy with the outstanding results of our cooperation," he added. (RD)