Within the context of new mobility solutions, with new architecture, always connected, and compliant with weight and environment specifications, a new range of materials is needed in car interiors. That’s what material suppliers are developing, such as Covestro, with high-end materials such as polycarbonates composites and polyurethanes; coatings, adhesives and specialty films; and 3D-printable materials.
Covestro’s concept car interior shows off the maker’s abilities: it’s got polycarbonates and carbon-reinforced composites, compact polyurethane foam claddings on the seat surfaces, and Insqin®, waterborne polyurethane synthetic materials designed especially for shared mobility. It’s very robust, with a premium feel, and it can be illuminated with LEDs from its underside to create different mood experiences.
Polycarbonate allows to create complex curves and geometries not possible with conventional materials such as glass.
The concept interior integrated display and projection areas to allow individuals to adapt the experience for flexible infotainment and communication on PC films.
The privacy dome seen on the concept adapts to individual passenger requirements and creates a personalized experience. The privacy dome also demonstrates the advantages of polyurethane foam for acoustic management in an electric car.
The floor integrates illuminated marble, built on material combinations with a digital-print surface film, and opportunity to use any natural material, such as marble, granite and other stones.
Low mass is also a key criterion for material selection. Covestro uses 3D-printed polycarbonates to create lightweight dashboard structures. The table is made of carbon-fiber reinforced Maezio®, to achieve its ultra-slim, ultra-light and super-stiff structure.
Covestro will be presenting at the upcoming online DVN Interior Conference & Expo on 24 September.