Teijin and Applied EV Develop Composite Autonomous Vehicle Platform
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Teijin Ltd. (Tokoyo, Japan) announced on February 2 that the company and its joint development partner Applied Electric Vehicles (AEV, Melbourne, Australia) have taken a major step towards a shared vision of future zero-emission mobility with the delivery of a shell one-piece, production-ready structural unit for Applied EV’s zero-emission robotic vehicle platform, the White Robot.
Launched in 2019 as a joint development initiative to establish a technology base to support zero-emission multi-purpose vehicles for a future society, the White Robot is a programmable and autonomous electric vehicle (EV) platform designed and developed by AEV. Built around a core of electronics and mechatronics, running only on software, it can integrate with many stand-alone systems, transport a range of vehicle bodies and serve many purposes including industrial applications, delivery and monitoring. the White Robot is designed specifically for stand-alone operation.
The integration of Teijin’s lightweight and highly efficient materials technology and composite manufacturing expertise into the design of the platform’s shell components has enabled the AEV to significantly reduce weight and load. vehicle manufacturing complexity, allowing AEV to achieve low mass, high fuel efficiency and excellent structural performance. .
The two companies continue to work together to make further use of Teijin lightweight materials technologies for a range of other components, including structural elements, glazing and exterior body panels for use in production electric vehicles during the second. semester 2022.
the White RobotThe shell, or top cover, is the largest component of the vehicle, measuring about four square meters in total. It is made from lightweight, high strength and very stiff glass fiber reinforced SMC (GF-SMC) and uses molding technology provided by Continental Structural Plastics (CSP, Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA), basic automotive composites of the Teijin group. business. CSP’s proprietary GF-SMC allows White RobotThe hull shell weighs about 20% less than an equivalent aluminum component and is believed to greatly simplify the manufacturing process.
CSP’s molding technology also allows the integral molding of a sheet into thin and complicated shapes that are difficult to achieve with metal. In addition, the molding takes about three minutes. The GF-SMC shell protects the crucial self-contained platform equipment inside from damage and the shell provides excellent fire resistance, dimensional stability and corrosion resistance.
“Our joint development with Teijin is driving product innovation for the mobility markets,” said Julian Broadbent, CEO of Applied EV. “Teijin’s materials and technology allow us to achieve results in terms of mass, energy efficiency and cost that cannot be achieved with more traditional methods. Using GF-SMC for this critical component provided a lot of design and engineering freedom, which fundamentally changed our manufacturing method and capital cost, allowing us to be more competitive. It also creates a more energy efficient and sustainable transport solution. “
Applied EV unveiled the White Robot at CES, one of the world’s largest trade shows to showcase new products and technologies from the consumer electronics industry. Updates of ongoing developments will also be posted on Teijin Mobility Online, an exhibition website showcasing Teijin mobility-related technologies and products.
“We hope that our collaboration with Applied EV will help meet important societal needs by delivering new solutions for automotive applications based on advanced materials and structural design required in next-generation electric vehicles,” says Toshiaki Hotaka, Managing Director of the Mobility Division of Teijin Ltd. “With the aim of becoming a company that supports the society of the future, we have designated environmental value solutions as one of Teijin’s priority areas to contribute to circular economies and sustainability.