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Danish company produces high-tech lightweight-chassis

News International-French

24 Apr 2015

The start-up ECOmove has developed a technology making it possible to manufacture an ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre-chassis, without using special equipment.

ECOmove, a Danish company within e-mobility, has constructed a high-tech lightweight-chassis in carbon-fibre (an accomplishment previously reserved for larger car and sports car manufacturers). The entrepreneurial company has just delivered a chassis that fits into an existing vehicle to a German company.

The greatest challenge for most electrical car manufacturers is to increase the overall range. One solution is to decrease the overall weight of the car, hereby reducing the energy consumption. The company has acquired extensive knowledge and competences in manufacturing lightweight-chassis for electrical cars, which can help reduce the total weight. They design, construct and manufacture lightweight-chassis in composite materials at their Vehicle Lab in Vitus Bering Innovation Park in Horsens – all without using expensive tooling and special equipment, explains Mogens Løkke, CEO at ECOmove.

The first unit has already been delivered to the German company TURN-E, who works with electrification of cars and boats.

The company has just delivered a lightweight-chassis to a 356 Speedster replica, making it possible to install a battery capacity for a range of more than 500 kilometres. The chassis also improves the stability and strength of the car compared to the original chassis. They furthermore integrated their patented suspension and air-shock-absorbers, improving the vehicles overall driving dynamics, explains Mogens Løkke.

ECOmove cooperated with VIA University College in terms of the initial 3D-scan and strength modelling of the chassis.

Cutting-edge technology
The technology bears the name Qstrung and focuses on a rapid process from idea to prototype.

According to Mikkel Steen Pedersen, Development Manager at ECOmove, the new method is suitable for both prototyping and volume production. The short production time combined with an attractive material-cost per unit provides interesting perspectives – also for larger vehicle manufacturers.

A technology with perspectives
The e-mobility company sees a great potential in the new way of manufacturing lightweight-chassis. The German company TURN-E wanted to showcase their competences within electric vehicle conversion, and found a partner in ECOmove.

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