Paint film-coated thermoplastics panels help give a sharp look to the E7, a new police car soon to enter production and expected to be in use at U.S. police forces in 2012. The cars will be manufactured by Carbon Motors Corp. (Connersville, IN) and will be equipped with a rear compartment camera, sensors for detecting nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, as well as seating that heeds officers’ calls for comfort even when outfitted with a duty belt, gun holster, and body armor. Other features will include an infrared night vision camera, an automatic license-plate recognition system, and bullet-resistant panels around the front compartment.
Pull over: Carbon Motors’ E7
Using a coating supplied by BASF Coatings, Soliant (Lancaster, SC) is supplying the durable, scratch-resistant films that will be used on the thermoplastic exterior skin panels of the E7 patrol car. For Carbon Motors, that means it can avoid investing in a paint shop in its assembly plant, potentially saving hundreds of millions of dollars in capital costs.
Carbon Motors figures to produce 10,000-80,000 vehicles/yr. Last month, the company filed its application to secure a loan with U.S. Dept. of Energy under the provisions of Section 136 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (ATVMIP—Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program). The ATVMIP provides loans to new and established automakers to build more fuel-efficient vehicles. —[email protected]