Asahi Kasei Car and driver
It is called AKXY2 and was created by the Japanese chemical multinational Asahi Kasei to celebrate its centenary. The company specializes in researching new materials that reduce the carbon footprint and are easily recyclable. AKXY2 (pronounced “ax ee”) is the company’s second concept car and It was conceived as a concept of mobile space in which the occupants benefit from maximum habitability and the possibility of interacting between the occupants and also with the outside.whatever the weather conditions.
The transparent roof and windows form a one-piece deck that rises to allow occupants to enter and exit, and the entire exterior has been designed with the aesthetic codes of a boat. But the most important thing about AKXY2 is its interior and the materials used, which are the real specialty of this Japanese company. In its cabin, everything has been used, from textiles to elastomers of different origins, but with the idea of contributing to a lower carbon footprint. Interior surfaces are lined with a kind of microfiber suede partially made from recycled polyester, recycled PET plastics, bio-based PET and marine debris. Antimicrobial fabrics are also used to protect the interior of the car from the spread of pathogens. The cabin has a sensor that monitors CO₂ levels inside to maintain optimal air quality while reducing energy consumption and protecting all occupants, especially children.
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A world of sensations
Semi-transparent, backlit fabrics and plastic fiber optics, also used in the cabin, allow interior mood lighting to be personalized, while the company’s durable textiles and foams provide extraordinary comfort in all seats. AKXY2 aims to become more than just a means of transportation to be a space where you can socialize with friends and family. The sensations on board are one of the main objectives of the company and the designers and particular care has been given to the smell felt in the cabin, to the touch of each of the materials used, to the interior soundproofing and to everything perception that the occupants can receive, even the slightest vibration.
Tires, made with butadiene, a compound normally obtained from petroleum but in this case biologically based. These tires improve energy and fuel efficiency thanks to their low rolling resistance, while reducing the generation of microplastics during rolling, another source of pollution in the atmosphere. The aesthetic result is striking, even if not spectacular, but for all that its creators explain, AKXY2 must be a car to “feel” and enjoy staying inside above any other concept.
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