The campervan of the future: concept vehicle VisionVenture by Hymer and BASF
The VisionVenture, co-created by BASF and HYMER, is a
near-production glimpse into the future of van life. Using the
development expertise of the BASF Creation Center, a new class of
van has been created that blazes a trail in lightweight
construction, independence, travel experience and design. The
vehicle celebrated its world premiere at the Caravan Salon in
Düsseldorf, Germany, at the end of August.
“HYMER is synonymous with premium quality, innovation and a
sense of discovery. The VisionVenture developed in tandem with BASF
perfectly captures these values. It already promises to give our
customers an entirely new sense of freedom,” said Christian Bauer,
Managing Director of HYMER GmbH & Co.KG.
Sustainable, smart and stylish: VisionVenture
More than 20 high-performance plastics and a new painting
technology from BASF are used in the concept camper and impress
with a huge range of properties. BASF and HYMER use various
innovative lightweight materials and processes in the interior and
exterior, providing greater comfort while also making the vehicle
more robust. The VisionVenture also sets new benchmarks when it
comes to design and offers new solutions for energy management,
thermal insulation and electrical components, a tailored package of
measures for preventing noises and vibrations, and more than 100
3D-printed components round off the vision of modern travel.
“Our products give the designers unprecedented new options and
functionalities for the VisionVenture,” said Martin Jung, Head of
Performance Materials at BASF. “The end result demonstrates the
full diversity of our material competence – from inspiration to
Other VisionVenture innovations include:
- The VisionVenture's self-inflating pop-top roof is a world
first and one of the van’s most striking features. It inflates in
less than 60 seconds, creating more living space than ever before.
BASF’s Elastollan® coating on the roof creates an outer wall that
is resistant to water as well as wind and guarantees a peaceful
night’s sleep at a pleasant temperature.
- The cushions and mattresses in the VisionVenture remain
pleasantly fresh and cool even on the hottest day. This is down to
the temperature-regulating effect of BASF’s Elastocoat® C Spray
- The VisionVenture makes a strong design statement. A key
contributor to the van’s cozy feel is Haptex®, BASF’s polyurethane
system for imitation leather, which spans the entire interior. This
material feels pleasantly soft and is available in a range of
colors and textures. It is also extremely easy to clean and does
not contain organic solvents.
- By combining plastics with natural materials such as hemp and
slate to produce cupboard doors and kitchen fronts, the concept van
has no need for heavy alternatives like wood or chipboard.
- For functional reasons, camper-vans are usually cream or white
to avoid overheating during the summer. The gray-green
VisionVenture proves that personal choice can also apply to
the paintwork – thanks to BASF’s Chromacool temperature-management
technology. Chromacool is available in a wide variety of colors. It
reflects the sun’s infrared light, thus reducing the build-up of
heat in the vehicle body. This passive temperature management means
that heating of the vehicle’s surface is reduced by up to 68 °F,
with the inside temperature dropping by as much as 39 °F. Less
energy is needed for air conditioning, which helps to reduce fuel
consumption, or to increase the range of electric vehicles.
- BASF’s Infinergy®, primarily associated with the Energy Boost
running shoe from adidas, appears in jet black for the first time
in the VisionVenture. In the steps and the bed frame, it gives
pressure point relief together with pleasing aesthetics. As a
connection module, it holds the slats in the slatted base together,
resulting in an excellent, individually adjustable mattress base on
account of its high material resilience.
- Meanwhile, to avoid any compromises in comfort on the open
road, BASF and HYMER have come up with a customized NVH (noise,
vibration, harshness) package for the VisionVenture to reduce
vibrations and block noise in the interior, drive or chassis.
About BASF’s Performance Materials division
BASF’s Performance Materials division encompasses the entire
materials know-how of BASF regarding innovative, customized
plastics under one roof. Globally active in four major industry
sectors – transportation, construction, industrial applications and
consumer goods – the division has a strong portfolio of products
and services combined with a deep understanding of
application-oriented system solutions. Key drivers of profitability
and growth are our close collaboration with customers and a clear
focus on solutions. Strong capabilities in R&D provide the
basis to develop innovative products and applications. In 2018, the
Performance Materials division achieved global sales of €7.65
billion. More information online: www.plastics.basf.com.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is
the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
BASF has more than 20,000 employees in North America and had sales
of $19.7 billion in 2018. For more information about BASF’s North
American operations, visit www.basf.com.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We
combine economic success with environmental protection and social
responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF
Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in
nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our
portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials,
Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care
and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63
billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in
Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the
U.S. Further information at www.basf.com.
Phone: +1 734 324 6546
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