And I thought buying a fleece vest made from recycled soda bottles was pretty nifty. Hyundai unveiled its QarmaQ proof-of-concept car at this year’s Geneva auto show. Among the many green features that this car boasts, its plastic shell is the most intriguing. Hyundai partnered with GE to integrate advanced materials from the Ecomagination line into this vehicle’s design. Key portions of the light outer shell are made from GE’s Xenoy iQ and Valox iQ resins, which are composed of 85% post-consumer recycled PET, the stuff of plastic soda bottles. On the interior, molded resins replace components that might otherwise be painted, reducing the release of volatile compounds. The molded exterior panels are also presumably colored during the molding process, avoiding the need for body paint, the single most polluting process in a car’s manufacturing process.
Under the hood is a 2-liter diesel engine that meets Euro5 emissions standards that is plugged with a series of advanced fuel delivery features and a particulate trap to improve performance and efficiency while lowering emissions. The QarmaQ also carries emissions monitoring equipment and tire pressure sensors. The tires are silica to improve miles-per-gallon. Hyundai also incorporated pedestrian safety into the car by designing impact zones to minimize injury of both those inside and outside the car. Plenty more info on the QarmaQ concept can be found at AutoBLog, Yahoo Autos and The Auto Channel ::AutoBlog