Biofore Concept Car's world premiere is today at the Geneva International Motor Show. The car is designed and built by Metropolia industrial design and automotive and mechanical engineering students. The car has been built in the premises of Metropolia since 2010, and about 50 students with more than 30 000 working hours have participated in the project.
- Biofore Concept Car has given our students a great learning opportunities. It has been a pleasure to see how students have been able to build a revolutionary and effective solution in a completely new situation, says Metropolia’s Vice President Vesa Taatila, who will present the car to the media this afternoon.
The Biofore Concept Car showcases the use of UPM’s innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. The majority of parts traditionally made from plastics are replaced with high quality, safe and durable biomaterials, UPM Formi and UPM Grada, which can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing.
- Sustainability is a major subject globally. We were excited to be able to design and build a vehicle that would demonstrate that already today we have biomaterials that are a real alternative to traditional oil-based materials. During the past four years of building the Biofore Concept Car, our students have come to see that these biomaterials are of high quality, durable and also offer new design opportunities, says Pekka Hautala, Project Director from Metropolia.
-According to our Biofore strategy, we create value from renewable raw material - wood from responsibly managed forests - and strive for a more resource efficient future. The Biofore Concept Car is a fine manifestation of this. We are proud of the cooperation with Metropolia’s automotive engineering and industrial design students, and what we have achieved together, says Elisa Nilsson, Vice President of Brand and Communications at UPM.
The Biofore Concept Car will premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show on 4 March 2014 at 15:15-15:30 CET.
For more information please contact:
Pekka Hautala, Project Director
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
tel. +358 50 048 3786