Automaker Velozzi Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.) has unveiled the SOLO, it’s composites-intensive hybrid-electric crossover vehicle and a contender for the Progressive Automotive X PRIZE. Velozzi says the SOLO is the first vehicle to feature carbon nanotubes.
The Velozzi vehicles, says the manufacturer, will be the first production cars to use carbon fiber nanotubes, provided by Nanoledge (Boucherville, Quebec, Canada), which are said to increase mechanical properties of composite components by 40 percent. Most of the materials applied in the Velozzi cars construction are reusable, which is expected to decrease the Velozzi vehicle’s carbon footprint.
The SOLO, says the company, will hit the X PRIZE competition’s requisite 100 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent) yet also offer a top speed of 130 mph and very competitive highway on-ramp acceleration (0 to 60 in just 6 seconds).
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This addition will increase MRC’s carbon fiber output production capacity by 1,000 tons.