Biofore Concept Car is all about change: a change in perspective and in the global approach of using renewable materials. The car is a great example of Biofore thinking, and we believe it will be a milestone in the utilisation of next generation biomaterials in the automotive value chain. The concept car is designed and manufactured in partnership with Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, and several other partner companies. The engineering and industrial design students of Metropolia designed and manufactured the car with the guidance of teachers who have successfully carried out several internationally renowned concept car projects.
26 November, 2014Biofore Concept Car on display in the CEPI European Paperweek » 21 March, 2014Biofore Concept Car on stage at UN International Day of Forests celebration in Geneva »20 March, 2014Blog: Biofore Concept Car at UN's Palais Des Nations »
27 February, 2014Blog: Let's take a drive for the future »
6 February, 2014Blog: Biofore Concept Car - A closer look »
13 November, 2013Biofore concept car to premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show next spring »
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.
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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.
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UPM creates value from renewable and recyclable materials by combining the expertise and technologies from fibre-based, energy-related and engineered materials businesses. UPM has been guiding its research and development with the lifecycle impact analysis for the last 15 years. Our holistic ecodesign approach is also the backbone of the concept car project.With UPM's breakthroughs in engineered and renewable materials, the automotive sector has an opportunity to improve its own environmental performance. Many plastic parts and components can be replaced with biomaterial-based alternatives. This is brilliantly proven in the Biofore Concept Car project.The design of the concept car has appropriately been inspired by the forest - by the pine cone. A good reminder of our source of renewable resources, raw materials and innovation!
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