As the automotive industry continually searches for methods to reduce weight from vehicles, even the lowly seat has finally gotten itself a makeover. Lear Technologies claims that its new Evolution Seat can cut weight by as much as 25 pounds while maintaining all the bum-cushioning comforts afforded by a traditional seat. Lear claims that the seat integrates seven patented technologies that combine to offer a safe, environmentally friendly place to plunk yourself into for a ride.

Here's some of the breakthroughs incorporated into the Evolution Seat: Lear's EVO structure utilizes lightweight rails and mechanisms to reduce weight. Its Dynamic Environmental Comfort System reduces weight by 50 percent over traditional padding materials. The company's ECO padding is made from renewable resources and the seat incorporates ProTec Plus, an active whiplash system.

All of the advancements combine to deliver a finished product that's environmentally friendly while also reducing weight. As the automotive industry moves towards higher CAFE standards, no part of the automobile will be exempt from the widespread weight-loss plan sweeping the industry. Hat tip to David!

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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