Ludwigshafen, Germany -- Daimler and BASF have developed a new concept vehicle - the smart forvision -- that combines both companies' ideas for holistic electric mobility. The vehicle has been developed with a special emphasis on energy efficiency, temperature management and lightweight design, and will have its world premiere at the 64th International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
Both Daimler and BASF are engaged in wide-ranging research and development work aimed at getting electric cars on the road and ensuring that electric mobility becomes part of everyday life as soon as possible.
Daimler is embracing the age of electric mobility: it is the first car manufacturer to have released four electric production models, and its smartfortwo electric drive is a pioneer among battery-driven vehicles.
BASF develops sustainable, environmentally friendly solutions for the energy-efficient mobility of tomorrow. The two companies "have now combined their technological competencies for the first time, developing a forward-looking vehicle concept that offers decisive solutions to the challenges of the future," says a joint press statement.
The new vehicle brings design, lifestyle and technology together to form a new functional whole.
Multifunctional lightweight design aims to make the vehicle lighter to use less drive energy and enhance its range. Making vehicles lighter is be one of the key challenges for electric mobility, and BASF can make an important contribution here, helping replace heavy, metal components with composite plastic materials, including ones based on polyurethane, that offer the same functionality and stability. Weight can be reduced particularly successfully by substituting load-"