- Electric scooter made from more than 80% composite & plastic materials
- Impact modified polyamide for structural parts that have to resist crash-loads
- Ultracom composite as reinforcement for front body and deck
The companies BASF and Floatility have cooperated for the development of an ultra-lightweight and solar-powered electric scooter. Weighing less than 12 kilograms and consisting of more than 80% composite and plastic materials, the scooter shall give users the feeling of floating and has been aptly named ‘efloater’.
Impact modified polyamide for structural parts that have to resist crash-loads
BASF will provide plastic materials and support the project with its development capabilities. Various grades of glass fiber reinforced Ultramid (polyamide) will be used for most of the e-floater’s structure: While the mineral-filled Ultramid B3M6 is used for the parts where low warpage is crucial, the impact modified Ultramid B3ZG8 combines toughness and stiffness in a way that is favorable for structural parts that have to resist crash-loads.
Ultracom composite as reinforcement for front body and deck
The surface-improved Ultramid B3G10 SI offers high surface quality despite its high fiber content. The reinforcement for front body and deck will be made with the new Ultracom composite materials to ensure stability: together with Ultralaminate B3WG13, a thermoplastic laminate and the adapted overmolding compound Ultramid B3WG12 COM, BASF also provides processing and designing support for the development of continuous fiber reinforced parts. Tires and handlebars made from Elastollan TPU will provide a good grip.
Oliver Risse, Founder and CEO of Floatility added, “The cooperation with BASF enables us to develop a state-of-the-art short distance urban mobility solution to provide mobility-on-demand for the future. In this way the e-floater will play a key role in making short journeys more convenient, quick, affordable and sustainable.” This bridges the gap on the last mile between home or city center and the nearest public transport.