07 August 2009
07 August 2009
The Solo will be a lightweight plug-in hybrid electric crossover with carbon fibre nano tubes used in its construction.
Most new EV/Hybrid electric vehicles built today use conventional construction techniques and materials. “It is inconceivable and counter productive to manufacture efficient vehicles using antiquated types of construction. To make an efficient, environmentally friendly vehicle one must utilize lightweight materials to improve MPG, reduce pollution and increase safety,” indicates Velozzi CEO, Roberto Velozzi.
The Velozzi vehicles are being designed and developed to take advantage of the modularity that lightweight materials can provide, which allows for easier assembly and reduction of manufacturing cost, bringing the savings to the consumer. Velozzi will use innovative materials that allow the designer the freedom to create its vision without being limited by traditional automotive materials.
Velozzi say that their vehicles will be the first production cars to utilize carbon fibre nano tubes in their construction. Carbon nano tubes can increase the mechanical properties of the components by 40%, improving the parts’ performance while reducing weight. Most of the materials applied in the Velozzi cars construction are reusable, which decreases the Velozzi vehicles carbon footprint.
Velozzi aims to begin mass production of its cars by late 2011 – early 2012.
Cobra International is celebrating its 40th year and has commissioned a book that will look at 40 key projects and 40 key people that were integral to the company’s growth. ‘Klaus Simmer and The King Cobra: A breakthrough in surfboard design and production technology’ is an extract article from this book and a breakthrough composites product for Cobra, establishing its presence as a manufacturer of high performance windsurf boards and creating global visibility for the Cobra brand.
Fibrelite reports that since the start of its partnership with Trenwa more than 100 precast trench systems integrating Fibrelite composite covers have been sold for use in electrical substations, wastewater treatment plants, chemical refineries and many other applications across North America.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.