02 October 2009
02 October 2009
Visteon is the latest in a list of organizations to collaborate in the design of the Velozzi AEV project.
The electric hybrid Velozzi, unveiled earlier in the year, boasts design features incorporating carbon fibre nanotubes.
Visteon and Bayer MaterialScience have successfully collaborated on other material innovations for the automotive industry. In this venture, Visteon will provide design and engineering expertise for the interiors of the Velozzi Solo Crossover and Supercar Sports Car, both competing in the Automotive X Prize.
Visteon will serve as a one-stop collaborator for global supply and development outreach, while offering a suite of technology solutions for interior systems such as instrument panels; door trim and floor consoles; and electronic controls, layout and component development. This centralized approach, beginning at the concept-design stage, will help ensure that the Velozzi AEV designs are technically viable for mass production and will help support Velozzi’s goal to move rapidly from concept to production.
Bayer MaterialScience will provide materials based upon emerging and newer technologies to meet the interior design and engineering parameters.
Highlighting the value Visteon brings, Paul Platte, innovation manager, New Business, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, said, “Visteon plays a key role in the development of interiors that are environmentally compatible and convey a great sense of uncompromising, luxurious style. Visteon’s insights are critical to producing a Velozzi interior that satisfies the high expectations of today’s savvy consumers.”
“Visteon is a key addition to our project,” said Roberto Velozzi, Velozzi CEO. “Visteon has a long track record of innovation, and their expertise and global reach will be critical in translating our interior designs into commercial reality. It’s one of the greatest challenges in our entire development process.”
Bayer MaterialScience supports both traditional and non-traditional OEMs, including Velozzi, with high-performance materials including plastics, polyurethanes, coatings, adhesives and technology specialties to create low-weight, high-efficiency AEVs.
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