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Sustainable vehicle equipment from Volkswagen How cellulose and fungi are getting into cars - and why that is a good thing

10/28/21
How cellulose and fungi are getting into cars - and why that is a good thing

In a research association between science and companies, Volkswagen is working on the car materials of the future: Innovations based on cellulose and mushrooms (biological polymers) could soon replace leather, and help protect the climate. Here’s an insight into the basic research.

How cellulose and fungi are getting into cars - and why that is a good thing
The technical centre: A total of 13 labs are grouped around the central research factory. Copyright: Isabell Massel
How cellulose and fungi are getting into cars - and why that is a good thing
We want to design processes, materials and components in such a way that they make substantial improvements to the circular economy.
Dr. Marko Gernuks
Head of Life Cycle Optimisation

Leather substitute made from pure cellulose

How cellulose and fungi are getting into cars - and why that is a good thing
Dr. Martina Gottschling, researcher at Volkswagen Group Innovation, is involved in basic research for the next generation of leather substitutes.

Stringent requirements for new materials

How cellulose and fungi are getting into cars - and why that is a good thing
At the Open Hybrid LabFactory (OHLF) Volkswagen is researching the materials of the future. Copyright: Detlev Wecke

Experience for customers

Sugar and cellulose

How cellulose and fungi are getting into cars - and why that is a good thing
Cellulose generated using bacteria, after the washing process.