Automotive manufacturers are closely focusing on ways to drop the overall body weight of any vehicle. Composites continue to stand at the forefront of this endeavor for their remarkable lightweighting capabilities as well as their strength. One of the biggest challenges in using composites is that most equipment used to create automotive parts can be very expensive.
A Danish startup company – ECOmove – believes that their innovative technology allows for the creation a of lightweight carbon fiber chassis without having to spend millions of dollars on expensive tooling and special equipment. The company’s new technology is known as Qstrung. “It [Qstrung] offers manufactures and designers the possibility of working with composite materials like carbon fiber right from the start, offering more freedom in shaping, economy and in the time it takes to build the first vehicle models,” says Mikkel Steen Pedersen, development manager at ECOmove.
According to Mogens Løkke, CEO at ECOmove, the company has already shipped a chassis to a German company for a 356 Speedster replica, to install a battery capacity for a claimed range of more than 311 miles. Due to the use of composites, this chassis can also provide added durability and support in relation to the original chassis.
ECOmove ensures that this technology can be used for prototyping and for producing large volumes of lightweight composite chassis.