Color features reflective properties that make it highly visible to light detection and LiDAR systems; layer structure and pigment content are easily transmissible by radio detection and radar systems
Philadelphia—Axalta has announced its 2021 Global Automotive Color of the Year, “ElectroLight,” which has a green hue with “bold, contemporary flavors that echo style, energy and flair,” the company stated.
“The unique personality of ElectroLight evokes a blend of sporty design elements with functional performance and offers great versatility when combined with two-tone charcoal color accents or matte finishes on a variety of mobility solutions. Further, ElectroLight is formulated with reflective properties that make it highly visible to light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems, while its layer structure and pigment content are easily transmissible by radio detection and ranging (radar) systems.
Hadi Awada, a senior vice president at Axalta, said, “ElectroLight is another step toward illuminating a path for a green future for all type of vehicles, including autonomous vehicles. Formulated with mobility-sensing technology, ElectroLight combines a passion for individualization with coating science into a functional, expressive and dynamic color.”
Fully autonomous vehicles are closer than ever to becoming a reality and will increasingly rely on LiDAR and radar technology to see and interact with the world around them. ElectroLight meets industry safety standards and improves the performance of both types of systems, making it a stand-out color option in both trend and technology.
While Axalta’s 2020 Global Automotive Color Popularity Report shows that white remains the most frequently purchased automotive color globally, interest in automotive colors with a more customized and personalized look are becoming increasingly desired by consumers. Green has influenced both blue and yellow color palettes within today’s vehicle market trends, driving colors into a more eco-centric theme. This includes Sea Glass – a green-shade of blue and Axalta’s 2020 Global Automotive Color of the Year – and now ElectroLight – a yellow-shade of green.
“Our 2021 color evokes sustainability, happiness and safety. ElectroLight is at the forefront of today’s color trends, while anticipating emerging technology advances,” said Nancy Lockhart, global product manager of color at Axalta. “Consumers are looking for a breakout color and ElectroLight manifests this, while bringing a progressive approach to automotive styling and design.”