The newest addition to the Bochum fleet of SolarCars introduces examples of modern technological finesse along with an extraordinary design. Constructing this car has for the third time taken place as a combined initiative between the Bochum University of Applied Sciences and thyssenkrupp, whose technology and expertise have played a major part in the blue.cruiser's development. Their support creates a strong positive influence on the project and its efforts to shape the future of zero emission based mobility. The cooperation focuses on subjects like sustainability and innovations in every step along the way.
The thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser's exterior was originally designed by a student attending Folkwang University of Arts. It combines the shape of a classical coupé and newly invented aspects. Timeless and unique as it is, the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser follows in its predecessors' footsteps. Previous SolarCars from Bochum were all awarded the prestigious Design Award while attending the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
With its four seats as part of a modern and spacious interior design the new SolarCar appears more efficient and suitable for everyday life than ever. Being supported by a number of components made from the sandwiched material LITECOR also has the tk blue.cruiser represent a further usage of steel containing components. The advantage attained through these materials reduces the car's overall weight without risking a high loss of safety for its passengers. Amenities typical to any sports coupé are also available in order to maximize the passenger's comfort while driving.
The team behind the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser was the first to include a group responsible solely for the aspect of sustainability. These team members spent their time at the project exclusively researching ways to minimize the team's carbon footprint. Their work focused especially on choosing eco-friendly materials for building the car. Many of the materials used for the blue.cruiser's interior design can serve as examples, be it linen, wood, or cork. Vegan leather produced from pineapples is used for seat covers, adding another impressive new innovation. All these materials have been produced in eco-friendly ways. Compared to other components commonly used in interior car design they all excel through their reuseability and longevity.
The thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser spearheads a technological process which has lasted for over 15 years, while also combining the many faces left behind by its predecessors. Many steps in the SolarCar's construction have been executed in the project's own workshop on campus. With the entire construction having taken place in and around Bochum, the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser is a true product of its home region. Just like earlier SolarCars from Bochum, it already has a place in the city's automotive history.