Interior solutions for future mobility
Design and function of the interior will be impacted by a multitude of upcoming trends. E-mobility, automated driving and sustainability will play a significant role.
From an interior perspective, e-mobility will have limited impact on the visible interior design but a significant "hidden" implication. For example, heat management solutions may directly impact battery range. Passive solutions will help to thermally insulate the car interior to help control cabin temperature and save energy that can then be used to extend the battery range. With Elastopor® H, Slentite® and Slentex® BASF is offering a broad portfolio of insulation materials. Passive solutions are complemented by active heat management solutions, like heatable surfaces to provide comfortable temperature levels.
Bio-based raw materials like castor oil are already used in state-of-the-art PU systems such as Elastoflex® E 3496/102 for instrument panel manufacturing. Recycling concepts for polyurethane materials and use of the resulting polyols are currently being addressed in R&D projects. Certificate-based approaches constitute another big lever towards sustainable solutions. BASF's mass balance approach relying on renewable cracker feedstocks is already implemented, while a corporate project is currently evaluating the potential of ChemCycling.