FoamPartner, the Swiss polyurethane foam specialist, has partnered with Rinspeed, the renowned creative think tank and mobility lab for the automotive industry, on the development of Rinspeed's microSNAP concept car.
Illustrating the potential of foam technology for automotive interiors, acoustic and thermal insulation, the microSNAP offers an example of the visionary mobility solutions being developed in response to trends such as the growing electrification of road traffic, including the use of information technology and sensor systems in modern vehicles, car sharing and artificial intelligence.
The microSNAP features a chassis with an electric drive and variable superstructures, including a robotized change station, all targeted at the autonomous local transport of goods and people.
The design incorporates several innovative foam solutions from FoamPartner, developed by its Acoustic & Thermal Solutions (A&TS) business unit as well as its Automotive Rolls (AR) business unit for automotive interiors, for example, headliners, door panels and armrests.
While engine sound-proofing is paramount for conventional combustion vehicles, considerably quieter electric vehicles have an increased need for reducing the rolling and wind noises transmitted into the passenger compartment. At the same time, thermal insulation is becoming ever more important to protect the battery from heat and cold and to minimize the energy consumed for heating and air conditioning.
Presented first early this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the car made its European debut at Rinspeed's booth (6240) at the Geneva International Motor Show, which runs until March 17.