FoamPartner helps Rinspeed drive autonomous e-mobility with advanced sound and thermal management solutions


MetroSnap Concept Car With Acoustic & Thermal Insulation Know-how by FoamPartner

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As in previous years, Swiss mobility think tank Rinspeed has teamed up with specialists from FoamPartner to maximize the electric vehicle (EV) driving experience provided by its latest MetroSnap modular concept car.

The MetroSnap features a ‘Skateboard’ chassis and quick-change superstructures or ‘Pods’ for passenger and cargo transportation. It utilizes composite, steel and 3D printed components as well as advanced navigation and safety equipment, including lidar sensors and a drive-by-wire system. The interior design takes advantage of state-of-the-art materials engineering, including lightweighting insulation foam technology from FoamPartner.

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“Electric vehicles are known for their ‘silent’ driving characteristics, which creates a need for dedicated insulation solutions that are capable of reducing the rolling and wind noises transmitted into the passenger compartment,” says Kay Kosar, Head of Marketing & Sales Acoustics & Thermal Solutions (A&TS) Europe at FoamPartner. “At the same time, extensive thermal insulation is needed to minimize the battery power consumed for heating and air conditioning, thus maximizing the mileage range.”

“The interior design of the MetroSnap pays special attention to providing high aesthetics as well as a durable and protective feel-good environment,” adds Frank M. Rinderknecht, CEO at Rinspeed. “FoamPartner is the perfect address for us to meet these needs. Their specialized expertise in acoustic and thermal insulation helps us to maximize the autonomous driving experience,” He adds.

The MetroSnap will make its debut at this year’s international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 07-10, 2020. Please visit the Osram’s booth (#8516) in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to learn more about the MetroSnap and the FoamPartner foam solutions.