Urbanization is growing faster than at any time in human history and so are the transportation needs of the urban populations; plastics will help meet the challenge.
In 1950 New York and Tokyo were mega-cities (populations over 10 million).
By 1980, San Paulo, Mexico City, and Osaka made five.
In 2010, there were 20 and by 2017, 32 megacities.
By 2030, it is anticipated that 9% of the world’s population will live in 41 mega-cities (The Economist).
Cities consume three-fourths of the world’s energy each year. Where there are cities, auto-mobility and efficient transportation will be a focal concern. Electric and Hybrid vehicles with plastics-enabled higher driving ranges will thrive as autonomous and mass transportation vehicles. (Asia’s mega-cities need clean energy drive to cope with environmental threats – Reuters)
Lightweighting can increase battery ranges. Bumpers, body panels and fascia shaped with RF transparent plastic will help instantaneous safety and security calculations throughout the mega-city as the transportation grid updates itself, lets loved ones know when you’ll arrive and speed intervening relief where priorities in the flow dictate.