Bayer composites playing a role in Velozzi SOLO car

Bayer carbon nanotubes, urethanes and other materials are being used in the Automotive X Prize-contending Velozzi SOLO alternative energy vehicle.

Related Suppliers

Bayer MaterialScience LLC (Pittsburgh, Pa., USA) announced on Aug. 5 that its composite materials are being used extensively in the the new SOLO crossover alternative energy vehicle (AEV) from Velozzi (Los Angeles, Calif., USA). The SOLO is vying for the Automotive X Prize, a competition to develop and ultimately bring to production vehicles that can achieve 100 or more miles per gallon. Bayer is collaborating with Velozzi and its suppliers on the SOLO and the Velozzi Supercar roadster, providing expertise and materials technologies for interiors and exteriors to Velozzi’s design while supporting the development process from the concept stage to production.

Using lighter weight materials is essential to development of AEVs that can attain dramatically higher fuel efficiency goals. Among the Bayer MaterialScience materials being incorporated in the vehicles are the company’s Baytubes multi-walled carbon nanotubes for use in strong, yet lightweight carbon fiber body panels. Other innovative solutions Velozzi is working with from Bayer include polycarbonates for automotive glazing, polyurethane composite constructions for load floors and liftgate, raw materials for waterborne and low-solvent polyurethane coatings and adhesives, thermoplastic urethane for interior skins, and several more conventional materials and applications.

“AEV collaborations align with Bayer’s global sustainability initiatives to reduce energy consumption and emissions,” said David Loren, Automotive OEM key account manager, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. “AEVs present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in how vehicles are made, and Bayer MaterialScience is well-positioned to work with both startup and traditional OEMs to ‘reinvent’ the traditional approach with vehicles like the SOLO that elicit a ‘wow.’"