Teijin/AEV Robotics to develop solutions for futuristic vehicles

Teijin/AEV Robotics to develop solutions for futuristic vehicles

Japanese chemicals firm Teijin Limited has signed a joint development agreement with an Australian venture AEV Robotics (AEV). Teijin and AEV will use the first two years of this initiative to develop elemental technologies for AEV’s futuristic vehicle.

AEV’s Modular Vehicle System will serve as the foundation for a de facto standard for next-generation vehicles that satisfy the Well-to-Wheel Zero Emission goal established by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). AEV is concurrently developing an electric vehicle platform and autonomous driving system that realise low-speed electric vehicle (LS-EV) for use in various fields, such as medical care, logistics and industry, as well as conventional transportation.

The agreement between the two companies is to create lightweight components using Teijin’s materials such as polycarbonate resin, carbon and aramid fibres, and composites technologies owned by Teijin and its group companies including Continental Structural Plastics for structural design. Teijin will also contribute specialised know-how for heat management to optimise weight reduction and heat insulation and for sound absorption.

Teijin says it will additionally apply expertise it has developed in supporting the Kogakuin University Solar Team’s participation in the world’s biggest solar car race.

In recent years, EVs have rapidly progressed as a practical solution for environmental load reduction based on the concept of connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) next-generation automobiles. In addition, the role of automobiles is evolving under the concept of mobility as a service (MaaS), which views transportation as a total service.

Meanwhile, fast-ageing societies are encountering increasing problems with traffic accidents caused by seniors in urban areas and pedestrian vulnerability in rural areas, as well as traffic congestion, environmental degradation and advancing urbanisation in Japan. In response, METI launched its Strategic Commission for the New Automotive Era with the aim of strengthening the global competitiveness of Japan’s automotive industry. The ministry has established Well-to-Wheel Zero Emission as a long-term national strategy for Japan to achieve the world's highest level of environmental performance, including green processes for producing gasoline and electric power sources for automobiles, by 2050.

AEV has developed innovative ideas and construction methods that are not offered by major OEMs. AEV says its engineering capabilities will be applied toward developing simple, lightweight solutions for the chassis, suspension and steering.


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