Thu Oct 10, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
The camper van concept exhibited at this year’s Caravan Salon by Hymer and co-created by BASF, provides a glimpse into design trends for vans from a European perspective.
Described as a new class of van, the VisionVenture makes advances in weight reduction and features innovations such as self-inflating pop-up roof, heat-reducing paint and an assortment of new polymer materials for furnishings to improve comfort and appearance.
BASF contributed more than 20 high-performance plastics and new painting technology to the VisionVenture with a goal of reducing weight while enhancing comfort and feel.
Among the innovations claimed by BASF and Hymer are:
• Self-inflating pop-top roof that inflates in less than 60 seconds, creating more living space than ever before while providing an outer wall that is water and wind resistant;
• Cushions and mattresses feature a temperature-regulating effect from BASF’s Elastocoat C Spray Gel.
• Haptex from BASF is a polyurethane system for imitation leather and spans the entire interior. This material is easy to clean, contains no organic solvents and is “pleasantly soft and is available in a range of colors and textures.”
• Cupboard doors and kitchen fronts made from a combination of plastics with natural materials such as hemp and slate as an alternative to heavier materials such as wood or chipboard;
• Chromacool is a paint that is said to improve reflectivity and reduce heat build-up within the vehicle;.
• In the steps and bed frame, Infinergy, a material used in the Energy Boost running shoe from adidas, provides pressure point relief and pleasing aesthetics;
• Finally, the VisionVenture features a jointly developed, custom noise, vibration and harshness package that reduces vibrations and noise levels in the interior.
The VisionVenture includes more than 100 3D-printed components and improved energy management, thermal insulation and electrical isolation.