11 May 2001
11 May 2001
The growing demand for automobiles in China, India and Eastern Europe added to the West's continuing affection for the SUV and the light truck are challenging the efforts of current automotive technology to reduce fuel consumption and its effect upon global warming.
Now XCORP, a California transportation research company, has developed a chassis designed to bring the Next Generation Automobile to the world. XCORP's breakthrough one-piece chassis/body incorporates an all-digital design, manufacturing and distribution system.
It is a highly conformable automotive packaging and assembly technology utilizing modular, self-assembly and advanced polymer molding technologies. The chassis is composed of Ematerial, a Poly-Metal-Matrix Composite (PMMC) utilizing metal foam technology, which combines aluminum's high strength-to-weight characteristics and plastic's low cost moldability, bringing a new level of affordable performance and efficiency to the automotive world. XCORP's new lightweight chassis/body promises to revolutionize the automobile bringing affordable, design-adaptable, clean, crashworthy, recyclable personal transportation to the world.
The company has formed the Advanced Vehicle Alliance (AVA), which includes NASA-FAR WEST and several private companies, in an effort to prototype a full- size electric-intensive automotive platform. AVA is seeking companies, government and academia that would like to change the face of the automotive industry; organizations that are committed to providing alternative fuel solutions in order to protect our environment.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) selected a lightweight FiberSPAN fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) bridge deck, manufactured by Composite Advantage, for the Rugg Bridge on Route 57.
ThermHex Waben and EconCore will exhibit at the IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition in Hannover, Germany, on 20-27 September 2018.
The Lightweight Technologies Forum will take place in parallel to Composites Europe, on 6-8 November 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.