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Cover page | Tuesday, February 8, 2011

i-flow – car from the future

i-flow – car from the future

i-flow car at the Geneva Motor Showi-flow car at the Geneva Motor Show

Granted the international environmental award ÖkoGlobe, the "i-flow" concept car delivered by Hyundai and BASF features next-generation materials and technologies, and proves that reducing the emission of carbon-dioxid by applying chemical technologies is not a contradiction. Introduced at the 2010 International Geneva Motor Show, the i-flow's carbon emission is a mere 85g/km, thanks to a combination of numerous individual solutions.

The i-flow's energy concept is an impressive example of high tech. The modern diesel engine is encapsulated with a rigid foam polyurethane insulation system that protects both the engine and the environment. A new catalyst from BASF combines four emission-cutting technologies in just two components. A concept for the seat frame of the i-flow shows how lightweight construction materials can help conserve resources. An array of infrared-transparent and infrared-reflecting pigments in the car interior result in cooler plastic surfaces for the dashboard, seat and center console.

The combination of technologies and materials illustrates possibilities for mobility in the future.The combination of technologies and materials illustrates possibilities for mobility in the future.

BASF researches and develops products for sustainable future mobility: In collaboration with partners from various industries, the company is developing innovative concepts for higher-performance batteries for electric cars. BASF's approach focuses on developing a range of innovative cathode materials for novel lithium ion batteries. The aim is to achieve two to five-fold higher energy density than with conventional battery systems.

With partners from industry, BASF is working toward a solar cell technology based on organic materials that can be built directly into vehicles. Just a few nanometers thick, organic solar cells are superior to their inorganic counterparts in that they are as flexible, light and thin as transparent film. In addition, they have the potential to be produced more cost effectively than conventional silicon-based solar cells.

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