WCX™ World Congress Experience
Asahi Kasei shows all this in its electric concept car AKXY™. Following its slogan "Creating for tomorrow", the leading Japanese technology group offers a unique portfolio for the automotive industry and establishes itself as a partner for the automotive industry.
WCX™ World Congress Experience
Apr 9th to 11th, 2019
8:45am - 5:30pm (Last day until 4:00pm)
Cobo Center | Detroit, MI, USA | Booth 2003
One-stop solution provider for the automotive industry - Asahi Kasei presents its concept car AKXY™ in Detroit
Detroit, MI 04/03/2019 – Safe, clean, light, comfortable, connected and intelligent as well as with sustainable materials on board: Asahi Kasei shows all this in its electric concept car AKXY™. Following its slogan "Creating for tomorrow", the leading Japanese technology group offers a unique portfolio for the automotive industry and establishes itself as a partner for the automotive industry.
The automotive industry facing a turning point. Maximum comfort, lightweight materials and high efficiency with consistent safety: New technologies such as autonomous driving, a changing consumer behavior and stricter environmental regulations are presenting automotive manufacturers and suppliers with new challenges. In response to these new trends, Asahi Kasei, in collaboration with GLM. Co., Ltd., Kyoto/Japan (a spin-off of Kyoto University, which has been designing electric cars since 2010), has developed the electric car AKXY™ and will present it at the Detroit, Michigan SAE WCX in April 2019.
The name AKXY™ comes from Asahi Kasei X (multiplied by) You (the customer). By enabling automobile and parts manufacturers to come directly into contact with Asahi Kasei's automotive-related materials, devices, and systems, we hope to further build and strengthen our relationship with customers in order to create new value for the future together.
AKXY™ is equipped with a wide variety of Asahi Kasei materials, components, and systems, numbering 36 products in all, most of them available for adoption in mass-produced vehicles, including engineering plastics to replace metal and enable vehicle weight reduction, artificial suede for seats with superior comfort, and an in-car communication system utilizing various speech-processing technology.
The car is additionally equipped with cutting-edge technology that has potential for commercialization in line with automotive industry trends for safe driving and accident prevention. The various electronic systems used in AKXY™ are based on sensors. These are, for example, sensors for recording vital functions, hands-free systems or In-Car Communication (ICC) systems. Together with its Swedish group company Senseair, Asahi Kasei develops sensor solutions for measuring the CO2 content in the vehicle cabin and alcohol detection, which can reduce the number of traffic accidents.
This electric vehicle Asahi Kasei offers the automotive industry interdisciplinary materials and solutions in the application areas "Lightweight", "Safety / Comfort", "Electrification", "Intelligent Car" and "Efficiency". For example, the lithium-ion battery in AKXY™ is placed in a housing made of a dimensionally stable and heat-resistant technical plastic, the modified polyphenylene ether (mPPE) XYRONTM. With its high oil resistance and excellent mechanical properties, LEONATM PA 66 polyamide is suitable as a metal replacement for engine components for vehicles with conventional combustion engines.
With its concept car, the diversified technology group shows that it can supply various products and technologies for almost all automotive applications. Asahi Kasei will be exhibiting AKXY™ from April 9th – 11th at the SAE WCX in Detroit (Booth 2003).
Asahi Kasei Corporate
Automotive Marketing Dept.