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"Green Skin" – moovel lab's pilot project for the greening of a vehicle

23rd of November 2015
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With the "Green Skin" pilot project, moovel joins in the worldwide trend of facade greening

  • The prototype will investigate the technical feasibility and provoke discussion
  • Test drives in Stuttgart from the end of November to mid-December

What are the future key elements in urban mobility? How will innovative technology change our mobility habits? Or must we change our living habits in order to give future scenarios a chance?

The moovel lab investigates such questions. The moovel lab is an interdisciplinary team whose primary research interests are "movement patterns" and traffic flows in urban areas. Instead of traditional analysis and presentation methods, the lab attempts through the use of exploratory projects to understand human behavior in urban areas, to influence it and to provoke discourse.

The moovel lab is a unit within the moovel Group GmbH – whereby the creative working environment of the lab is open to all employees of the moovel Group GmbH as well as interested third parties. The moovel lab works together with universities, commercial enterprises and other creative experts and is continually searching for additional interested partners.

The lab's ideas, observations and prototypes are prepared in the form of map displays, video clips and other design products in order to stimulate debate on the future of mobility also among interested parties beyond the classical research scene.

The moovel lab investigates "movement patterns" and traffic flows in urban areas

As part of the moovel lab's "Green Skin" pilot project, the roof, front, back and side elements of a smart fortwo will be turned green. The focal point of the moovel lab project is the technical feasibility of the greening of a vehicle taking in consideration the retention of the styling of the vehicle. In addition, the "Green Skin" prototype should test the impact and acceptance among the public and provoke discussion. The "Green Skin" prototype will be tested on the streets of Stuttgart from the end of November to mid-December.
The "Green Skin" project illustrates potential fields of impact such as, for example, the binding of particulate matter, improvement of the air quality, containmentof the 'Urban Heat Island Effects' and the improvement of biodiversity.
Succulents from the sedum family are to be used for the greening of the pilot vehicle. Sedum species are annual or hardy, herbaceous plants, rarer semi-shrubs, which are more or less succulent .

The CO2 turnover potential of one square meter of a roof greened with succulents amounts to around 1.4 kg of CO2 per year. A smart fortwo offers around 5 square meters of surface area and hence it can be assumed that the CO2 turnover potential is approximately 7 kg per annum.
The project also has an aesthetic aspect: It illustrates how the cityscape can be made more attractive through the greening of unused surfaces. Additionally, the current trend of facade greening is followed.

Further information is available at: lab.moovel.com

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