ExxonMobil sponsors sustainability concept vehicle at CU-ICAR.

Clemson University students are partnering with industry leaders to create sustainable solutions for the life cycle of vehicles.

Sponsored by ExxonMobil, graduate automotive engineering students in the university's Deep Orange program are working to develop a next-generation sustainable concept vehicle.

The goal of the project is to develop an ultra-efficient, lightweight, highly durable mobility solution, according to a news release. The project emphasizes the integration of sustainability in the entire product lifecycle from manufacture to operation, with circular economy considerations. Students will have a hands-on experience working with ExxonMobil and skilled engineers throughout the design and development process, the release said.

"Automakers, parts manufacturers, tire companies and other auto-related businesses around the world rely on ExxonMobil to deliver advanced materials that help enhance and modernize automotive design," said Stuart Milne, venture manager for sustainable mobility, ExxonMobil Chemical Company. "We've developed lighter-weight vehicle plastics, liners that keep tires inflated longer, tire tread additives to reduce roll resistance, and advanced fuels and lubricants that improve engine performance. We're excited to work closely with the future leaders of sustainable mobility at Clemson as part of an effort to further drive automotive innovation."

Housed at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Clemson Deep Orange is a project-based learning program focused on systems integration. Now in its 11th iteration...

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