Innovative design concept for electric cars

AT K2016 plastics trade fair, Covestro will be unveiling an entirely new concept for designing electric motor vehicles. It was developed in close collaboration with design students and partners in the auto industry, and is based on pioneering plastics technologies.
The visionary concept is to be presented in the form of a contemporary electric car incorporating current trends in exterior design, including a seamless front end, innovative holographic lighting, polycarbonate wraparound glazing and the use of sustainable coating and adhesive systems.

Holography will likely prove to be a top technology in future automotive lighting. Together with automotive supplier HELLA,

Covestro has developed an innovative solution based on holographic films, with which various light functions can be integrated into the body parts. The solution requires very little space and opens up entirely new possibilities for using light as a design element.

Another trend is seamless, homogeneous surfaces, which are about more than just aesthetics: The less drag a vehicle creates, the less energy it consumes or, in the case of electric cars, the greater their range. To help reduce drag, Covestro equipped its concept car with additional components to improve aerodynamics.

Wrap-around glazing made of transparent polycarbonate provides for better allaround visibility. Wrap-around glazing rewards

passengers with a panorama view, and enhances pedestrian safety because it almost entirely eliminates blind spots.

New developments in raw materials for coatings and adhesives are another part of the design concept. The coating hardener is made with biomass: 70% of its carbon content is of plant origin. Coatings formulated with this raw material achieve the same high-level properties as conventional coatings, even surpassing them in some cases.

Another hardener enables plastic automotive add-on parts to be coated at low temperatures. In the medium term, this technology will offer the opportunity of coating plastic, composite and metal parts together for the first time.


Automotive lighting is entering a totally new dimension defined by luminous surfaces with integrated headlamps and rear lights: Light and the lighting effect itself is now the styling element. For the new design concept, Covestro has developed an innovative solution based on holographic films, together with automotive supplier HELLA