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Paint Powers the Car of the Future

Monday, November 10, 2014

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Mercedes-Benz is turning to paint to power its newly unveiled concept car, which debuted with the company's new Product Engineering Center in Beijing.

The Vision G-Code concept vehicle, a sports utility coupe, boasts a multi-voltaic silver paint finish that turns the entire car into one giant solar cell that would harvest energy from the sun and wind.

Electricity generated by the paint would be tapped for methane and hydrogen synthesis, Mercedes-Benz explained.

Giant Solar Cell

The car is powered by two individually controlled drive cores. In the front, the turbocharged combustion engine would be fueled by hydrogen. An electric motor would drive the rear axle.

"On the one hand, it acts like a giant solar cell with excellent efficiency," the company said. On the other, the paint is charged by wind passing over the car as it moves, as well as natural wind while it's parked.

Meredes Vision G-Code

The silver paint on Mercedes' new concept car would act as a giant solar cell, harnessing both solar and wind energy, the company said.

The car also includes a feature called "power on the move" suspension, which generates electricity by recovering energy from the motion of the suspension.

Inside, the floor includes a dirt-resistant black coating, according to Mercedes.

Color-Changing Grille

Adding a little punch to the silver finish, the car's front grille changes color with the operating mode.

When parked, it pulsates blue; in the all-electric hybrid eDrive mode, the digital miniature stars move to create "the visual impression of an imaginary permanently opening tunnel in the vehicle front"; in the mixed hybrid eco mode, the color changes to purple; and in hybrid sport mode, it turns to red.

Paving the Way

While the new paint concept (as well as a multitude of other futuristic features) has created quite a buzz, Mercedes-Benz warns that this is still just a design study.

"The technical visions in the G-Code pave the way for specific future technologies to enter into mass production. As such, the compact SUC ... makes absolutely no claim to be implemented within foreseeable periods," the company said.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Automotive coatings; Coating Materials; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Research; Solar energy

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