Polygiene BioMaster from the Polygiene Group inhibits the build-up of microbes on surfaces between cleans, keeping car interiors fresher and more hygienic. The surface protection lasts 24/7 for the lifetime of the vehicle and can be applied to almost any substrate without compromising the structural integrity of the end product.
"This is a breakthrough in the transport category which we now are heavily investing in. The automotive industry is a very interesting area with huge growth potential, and to start working with one of the most innovative cars of the future, is an important milestone for us", says Ulrika Björk, CEO of Polygiene.
Initially, trials have been successful in incorporating Polygiene BioMaster coatings into NIO Haptex seats, a Chinese EV manufacturer. Further trials are being extended to other potential hot spots including handles and steering wheels.
The car manufacturer, with headquarters in Shanghai, specializes in designing and developing driverless electric vehicles. The NIO brand is considered to be one of the most viable electric vehicle pioneers and some industry experts predict it will soon be seen as a global leader alongside brands such as Tesla.
Among the models containing Polygiene BioMaster technology will be the NIO ET7—NIO’s first saloon, a direct Tesla Model S rival, the top-of-the-line model has a ginormous 150 kWh battery pack, with a combined 641 bhp from its twin e-motors powertrain, 0 to 62 miles per hour takes 3.9 seconds.
Dahai Meng, Head of Environmental & Material at NIO says, “In order to give our users a more pleasant, hygienic, and comfortable driving experience, ET7 uses silver ion antibacterial additives on the PU leather seats. Polygiene BioMaster technology is the silver lining that will help NIO win in the future”.