Thermoformable wood material. Enables durable, high quality, ecological and visually appealing designs.
Biocomposite made from cellulose fibre and plastics. Recyclable, clean and odourless, offers excellent dyeing possibilities and paintability.
Self-adhesive label materials. Manufactured by using latest adhesive technology and solvent-free production process.
Wood-based renewable diesel. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% compared to fossil fuels. Suitable for all diesel engines.
The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
“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.
“The Biofore Concept Car showcases the potential of UPM’s biomaterials. Not only for the automotive industry, but also for various other end-uses including design, acoustics - a wide range of industrial and consumer applications. The possibilities are endless," says
Elisa Nilsson, Vice President of Brand and Communications at UPM.
Read more about the design and engineering by Team Metropolia and see our image gallery.
The Biofore Concept Car is no traditional concept car. It’s the real thing – designed to be street-legal and ready for a spin. A car is of no use unless it takes you from A to B. The Biofore Concept Car does just this – only a lot more sustainably.
The Biofore Concept Car runs on renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno. A fuel that has been produced 100% outside food value chain. This innovative renewable diesel is developed and refined by UPM. The fuel will decrease greenhouse gas emissions remarkably in comparison to fossil fuels, and it is suitable for all diesel engines.
Read more about UPM BioVerno
The Biofore Concept Car improves the sustainability of a car’s lifecycle in many ways. First, by replacing traditionally plastic components with ones made from biomaterials, the overall weight is reduced significantly, which leads to lower fuel consumption.
Second, the parts are recyclable and have a lower ecological footprint in production. All biomaterial-based components are safe, durable and ecological.
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Read more about UPM Grada
By using renewable materials like UPM Formi and UPM Grada, businesses can reinvent their design approaches. UPM’s biomaterials can be used to create lighter and recyclable end products that can also aesthetically bear new characteristics via wooden textures.
UPM Raflatac’s label products demonstrate their performance in the Biofore Concept Car. Used in the metal spare parts and engine compartment, the labels are heat and chemical resistant and manufactured by using the latest adhesive technology and solvent-free production processes.
The automotive industry is going through a major paradigm shift. All traditional forms of power output, fuels, materials and vehicle types are being questioned. The choices we make in the near future are crucial in redefining the passenger car as a more responsible option for transportation.
We not only need to cut down on fuel consumption, but also make sure that automotive production value chains use renewable materials. Power must be produced with less emissions and burden on non-renewable resources. Fibre based composite materials provide similar safety, durability and quality in automotive end-uses as traditional materials. Components that are currently made of plastic can often be replaced with renewable biomaterials without any compromises.
Read more about UPM renewable materials
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