BASF and GAC Unveil Three Electric Car Concepts in China
BASF and Guangzhou Automobile Group have jointly developed three electric car concepts. The two-seaters presented at Auto Guangzhou 2018 use material solutions from BASF.
BASF and the research and development centre of Chinese carmaker Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC R&D Center) debuted three electric cars at the 16th Guangzhou International Automobile Show 2018. The two-seaters have been developed for the use of senior drivers and female drivers in urban areas and are also suitable for car sharing. "Car sharing and electrification are highly important developments in the world's largest auto market. Additionally, the needs and individual style preferences of Chinese drivers have become more diverse due to an increasing number of female drivers and senior drivers," explains Zhang Fan, Vice President, GAC R&D Center.
The chemical company’s contribution ranges from holistic air cleaning solutions to seat fabrics and paintwork through to materials used to build the vehicle's body and battery packs. For example, the 2US electric two-seater for seniors has a rotational seat base to make it easier to get in and out of the car. The 2U has translucent trim parts made of BASF's Ultramid Vision. The passenger seat is covered with a fur-like surface made of BASF's Ultrafuse TPU. According to BASF, the 2ALL's anti-scratch, elastomer-coated bumpers and highly robust seat padding consisting of Infinergy E-TPU particle foam make it particularly suitable for car sharing.