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The Biofore Concept Car

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.


UPM and Metropolia proudly present: The Biofore Concept Car

(UPM, Helsinki, 4 March 2014 at 09:30 EET) - 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. The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
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Designed to be street-legal




Powered by UPM BioVerno

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.

UPM BioVerno

  • ​- ​High quality renewable diesel
    -​ ​Compatible with all diesel engines and EU and US diesel standards
    ​- ​Has similar properties to fossil diesel
    ​- ​Made from crude tall oil, a residue of pulp production
    ​- ​Distributed in gas stations
    ​- ​Cuts greenhouse gas emissions remarkably compared to fossil fuels


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UPM BioVerno renewable diesel

Biofore Concept Car UPM Metropolia

Biomaterials that exceed your expectations


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.



UPM Formi biocomposite:
​- Recyclable. Up to 50% of UPM Formi's raw material is renewable.
​- ​Clean and odourless composite products.
​- ​Excellent dyeing possibilities and paintability.
UPM Grada thermoformable wood material:
​- Formable with heat and pressure​
​- ​Enables durable, high quality, ecological and visually appealing designs.
​- ​Adhesive does not contain formaldehyde or other harmful compounds.

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New design opPOrtunities


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.
In addition, 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.

Biofore Concept Car UPM Metropolia new design


Next generation passenger car 


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.

Next step in renewable biomaterials


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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