Energy Efficient Technologies—Future Car: Smart Forvison
Chemistry is creating solutions that empower Americans to improve energy efficiency, making our nation’s energy supplies go further while lowering energy costs for business and families. Nearly every energy-saving technology depends on innovations in chemistry.
An example is the smart forvision concept vehicle jointly developed by BASF and Daimler that offers a look at the future of electromobility. The combination of futuristic design with new technologies for energy efficiency, heat management and lightweight design help to reduce its energy consumption and increase its range.
The smart forvision includes a light-transmitting roof with transparent light-activated solar cells that generate energy and power the car’s climate control system, infrared-reflective film on the windows that help reduce the interior temperature in the summer and the first all-plastic wheel rim suitable for series production.
"We are proud to have developed a holistic concept for sustainable urban mobility in cooperation with Daimler. Together we are presenting a pioneering vehicle which is without parallel," says Dr. Martin Jung, BASF's automotive research spokesperson.
The products of chemistry save up to 11.1 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, according to an ACC study—enough to power, light, heat and cool up to 56 million homes or power 135 million vehicles annually. These chemistry products and technologies save Americans up to $85 billion every year.