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Some of the best clean techs designed and produced in Switzerland have been integrated into the Dragonfly to make it a unique, truly groundbreaking clean car able to tackle today’s challenges for sustainable transport.
We are proud to collaborate with these exceptional partners that work tirelessly to innovate and bring the results of the latest scientific breakthroughs in the field of clean technologies to the public at large.
The chassis of the Dragonfly prototype is in aluminum. It is the work of Beta Epsilon, a company based in Le Mans, France.
Vertically integrated, Beta Epsilon regroups multidisciplinary competences in engineering as well as in mechanics R&D. It is specialized in design, development and production of light structures made with composite materials, of components or vehicles that must handle harsh mechanical, dynamical and vibration stress.
In addition to building prototypes, high tech is one of the main axes of Beta Epsilon. The company designs and produces niche vehicles, for motor racing as well as for road use.
The car body of the Dragonfly is in flax and made with PowerRibs ®, a patented reinforcement technology. This material is elegant, light, resistant and biodegradable. It is the work of Bcomp SA, a Swiss company based in Fribourg.
Bcomp SA (Fribourg, Switzerland), is a spin-off company of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Specialized in natural fiber composites, one of its leading products is the patented flax fiber fabrics used in the Dragonfly.
Bcomp won in 2016 the Swiss Economic Forum award, as the best high-tech/biotech company of the year. It was designated as the 4th best Swiss startup in 2014 and won the JEC Americas, the most prestigious award in the world in the composite materials industr.
In addition, the cabin includes plant-based materials (using balsa tree and miscanthus), all patented products developed by Swiss and French farmers.
The solar roof is the result of research and development conducted at the Neuchatel site of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Switzerland). The challenge is to obtain as much power as possible on a limited surface area. The system must be long-term reliable. Solar cells energetic yield keeps increasing while their costs keeps decreasing.
Bluebird Photovoltaics Ltd (Neuchâtel, Switzerland) has been in charge of integrating this technology into the Dragonfly and to take care of the first round of production.
This company builds specialized and custom-made photovoltaic generators, in particular in the field of solar mobility. Its products are fit for the needs of the aeronautics industry and for extreme environments (outerspace and stratosphere, arctic/antarctic, deep sea). Bluebird Photovoltaics designs original products with tested and proven durability, that are ultralight, highly efficient, flexible and with custom-made sizes.
Bluebird Photovoltaics Ltd has the capacity to produce 3,000 solar roofs per year.
A customizable motorization system
The Dragonfly uses an electric motor with an power output ranging from 7 to 11 kW depending on the model, batteries with a variable weight that will be defined based on the user’s actual needs (max. weight: 100 kg), as well as a range-extender made of a generator and an internal combustion engine of 10 kW.
The goal is to build a system that will become increasingly lighter, smaller and performing, with the best weight/power output/consumption ratio achievable.
Catecar has at its disposal several options that will make it possible to customize the motorization system depending on the users’ needs.
24/7 Capture of Fine Particles
In collaboration with Swiss and European companies specialized in air filter technology, Catecar will install latest-generation air filters in its vehicles. With the capacity to capture fine particles 24/7, each air filter will clean every day between 30 and 100 cubic meters of ambient air (approx. the volume of 3 to 12 apartment units of 75 square meters).
These air filters meet the requirements of the new ISO 16890 norm (adopted in November 2016) that defines the technical specifications, the requirements and classification system of fine particle capture.
In 2017, these air filters will also be launched as independent products (Catecair™) that can be adapted and installed on all existing vehicles.
A first-tier component supplier, located in France, has assembled the Dragonfly prototype. As soon as minimal order quantities will be met, Catecar will set up its own assembly line that will be used a model for the network of manufacturing units