BASF presents its innovations to promote the adoption of more virtuous mobility – AVEM

At the Paris Motor Show, BASF, the world leader in chemistry, presented its innovations that are changing the automotive industry. Chemistry can actually override the codes to encourage the practice of more efficient and more virtuous mobility. As a historical partner of the automotive industry, BASF works to meet new technical, but also economic and social expectations. Its solutions cover a wide panorama with the mantra: there will be no automotive revolution without chemistry. It alone can rethink the properties of matter to offer the innovations the automotive industry needs. More specifically, BASF’s automotive innovation focuses on three themes: e-mobility, design and responsible solutions.

E-mobility: for safer and more virtuous mobility

An eco-responsible and silent electric vehicle is the most important lever to limit vehicle emissions. However, e-mobility still has many challenges to overcome in order to implement itself on our roads. Difficulties especially in terms of autonomy or battery charging. Active cathode materials from BASF are one of the most important components of lithium-ion batteries. They determine the efficiency, reliability, cost, durability and size of batteries. Their properties give speed, acceleration and power to vehicles from the most compact to the most powerful vehicles (buses, trucks, SUVs). In addition, BASF develops solutions (engineering plastics, polyurethane solutions, refrigerants) to lighten vehicles and protect on-board systems and charging stations. BASF is also committed to ensuring the reliability of sensors for driver assistance systems with innovative materials.

Design: for more attractive and more efficient patience

For a long time, automotive design improvements have been in the service of both aesthetics and performance. Today, in the context marked by the climate emergency, design functions take on an unprecedented dimension. Thanks to the wide range of materials and technologies provided by Kymya, BASF designers contribute. They inspire new automotive parts and systems that are more durable, more efficient and require fewer resources. BASF also offers innovative materials for 3D printing that meet the high demands of car manufacturers and are adapted to the challenges of series production. An example with the emblematic part of the Oli electric concept car by Citro├źn and BASF. The seat of this car of the future is completely made of 3D printed plastic material.

Responsible solutions: paints on the front line

BASF applies sustainable solutions to manage the carbon footprint of its products, especially painting. An area that accounts for 50% of CO2 emissions in car manufacturing sites. These numerous innovations allow to significantly reduce the carbon footprint at this stage of the production process. They reduce both the consumption of the applied product and the energy consumption. This is with low-thickness paints and low-temperature paints that allow you to reduce the temperature in the ovens. The group has also developed technology Without overspray. A process that allows the dye to be transferred to the body without 100% loss. This means a 30% increase in consumption compared to the traditional spray paint process.

Circular economy and battery recycling

For several years, BASF has also been developing two concepts to promote the circular economy. approach Biomass balance allows replacing residual raw materials with renewable and bio-based raw materials. An approach used specifically for the production of automotive paints. Technology ChemCycling it is based on the process of recycling all types of plastic waste. In addition, BASF is very interested in recycling used batteries from electric vehicles. In particular, he managed to develop a closed circuit for the raw materials used in the production of materials for the active cathode. It is enough to bring the production of batteries to a circular economy approach. The group has already announced the construction of a prototype battery recycling plant in Germany. It also plans a plant in 2024 black mass commercial scale battery recycling.

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