A Pioneering E-bike Prototype Coated with Axalta’s ElectroLight

Date: 07/05/2021
Categories: Success stories

Student engineering team from University of Oviedo has used ElectroLight to coat its prototype electric motorbike submitted to the MotoStudent Competition.

The Wolfast Uniovi team from the University of Oviedo, Spain, has chosen ElectroLight, the 2021 Global Automotive Colour of the Year from Axalta to coat its pioneering prototype electric motorbike entry to the VI MotoStudent International Competition in the MotoStudent Electric category. The competition challenges students from all over the world to design, develop and manufacture motorbike prototypes in one of two categories: MotoStudent Petrol (with internal combustion engine) or MotoStudent Electric (with a 100% electric propulsion system).  

“It is extremely fitting that this highly talented group of engineering students chose ElectroLight for its very first electric motorbike. ElectroLight was developed to anticipate emerging technology advances in the quest for fully autonomous vehicles. It is a stand-out colour option in both trend and technology, and we’re delighted to provide the students with our latest waterborne refinish paint in our 2021 Global Automotive Colour of the Year for this innovative e-bike”, says Elke Dirks, Axalta OEM Colour Designer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

For the past six years, Axalta has supplied paint and provided technical expertise and guidance to the University of Oviedo’s engineering teams. This year, the e-bike is coated in Axalta’s premium global refinish brand, Standox. 

The support for student competitions is part of one of the corporate social programmes, Axalta Bright Futures. Its objectives include forming long-standing relationships with students to encourage and to nurture active participation in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.

“We deeply appreciate the collaboration with Axalta. It is essential for students to have access to the innovation, knowledge and expertise Axalta offers to be able to develop a project of this magnitude. ElectroLight was an easy choice for us! Not only is the colour outstanding and unique – an important consideration for us – but the fact it has been developed with mobility-sensing technology in mind is very much aligned with our goals to assess new solutions for improving motorbike safety”, says Álvaro Noriega González, Professor at the University of Oviedo and Team Principal.

The final MotoStudent International Competition event is scheduled for 15 to 18 July 2021 at the MotorLand Aragón Circuit in Spain.