FORVIA HELLA Reveals Sustainable Headlamp Concept

The design uses recyclables & software-based tech to lower production costs...

FORVIA HELLA announces a new sustainable headlamp. The design has a CO2 footprint that is up to 70% lower and weighs 2 kilograms instead of the conventional 5  kilograms, the company reported.

The concept was presented for the first time worldwide at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year.

“We want to shape the mobility of the future with products that are sustainable, benefitting customers and the environment,” said Yves Andres, lighting managing director. “We want to be a frontrunner with our lighting products and take another step toward a circular economy. We have designed a headlamp that demonstrates this sustainability without compromising safety.

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The Sustainable Headlamp concept developed by FORVIA HELLA is based on three principles: less, better, longer. 

Utilizing a new design principle, the headlight uses significantly fewer components. Materials like bio-based plastics or recyclables are primarily used. A SSL48 light module is integrated. 

The design requires less installation space, thanks to an efficient optical lens. It implements software-based lighting functions, reducing the efforts required for headlamp variants and enabling subsequent upgrades. Unlike conventional headlamps, it should also be possible to replace and repair individual parts in order to extend the service life of the headlight and significantly increase the recycling rate of the components used, according to the company.

Compared to modern LED headlamps on the market, the overall concept of the sustainable headlamps is designed to be cost-neutral without additional expenses. In particular, the installation of reused components, the reduction in component requirements and the lower overall weight offset the cost of higher-quality materials, officials noted.

“With our headlamp concept, we have proven that sustainability, performance and functionality are not contradictory. In the next step, we want to further develop and deepen the approaches of our sustainable headlamp together with our customers and bring them closer to possible series projects in the medium term,” said Andres.

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