26 May '16, 3pm

Ultra-small EV Will Come With Plastic-based Body

A prototyped ultra-small EV Plastics for the body (left: CFRTP, right: GFRTP) Rimono, a Tokyo-based company that develops ultra-small electric vehicles (EVs), will employ plastics for the body of its vehicle to be released in the summer of 2017 to reduce the vehicle weight by 35% or more. When Rimono announced a prototype of the vehicle May 20, 2016, it measured 2,200 (L) x 1,000 (W) x 1,300mm (H) and weighed 320kg. Its body components including the frame, front hood, front fender and doors were made of steel plate. On the other hand, for the vehicle to be released in 2017, the company aims to replace all of those components with plastic parts and realize a vehicle weight of 200kg or less. "We will increase drive range as much as possible by reducing the vehicle weight," Rimono President Shinsuke Ito said. Specifically, Rimono will use Mitsui Chemicals Inc's GFRTP (glass f...

Full article: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/atclen/news_en/15mk/05210058...

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