Extreme droughts, floods and temperatures are increasing in both intensity and frequency. Car industries around the world are working to develop new battery technologies that will result in the replacement of hundreds of millions of gas-powered cars with zero-emissions vehicles. The Fribourg-based Softcar has developed a pure, light and safe car with the lowest carbon footprint, assembled in “nano factories”, the local production facilities. Softcar is committed to promoting an innovative concept in the manufacture of electric vehicles.
Built from biopolymer materials and advanced composites and therefore completely recyclable, Softcar is set to be the world’s first 100% environmentally-friendly car. This 100% electric city car, designed in Switzerland, can be mass produced at unprecedented low weight, low cost and low capital investment at assembly plants near major cities, without compromising safety or driving performance. This innovative vehicle has fewer than 2,000 parts, compared to over 40,000 for conventional cars, which makes recycling easier and helps to preserve natural resources. The idea behind Softcar is to minimise the car’s environmental footprint from the point of production and throughout its life until it is eventually recycled. The development team drew inspiration from the «SwatchMobil» city car design from the 1990s and added the latest technologies and state-of-the-art component parts. Softcar is the ultimate city car with a highly streamlined design that reduces the amount of grey energy associated with the vehicle. Mass production is expected to start shortly.