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Plastics in Automotive Fact Sheet

Plastics in Automotive Fact Sheet

View this important fact sheet to learn more about automotive lightweighting with plastics.

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Modeling Shows Automotive Material Lightweighting Saves Lives

New advocacy graphic demonstrates the roll of plastics and composite lightweighting in maintaining safety. Research shows that as cars lightweight, weight reductions alone can reduce traffic fatalities. More aggressive weight reductions than needed to achieve current proposed CAFE standards can save even more lives.

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Automotive Research on How Lightweight Plastics Enhance Safety

Innovative vehicle made from plastics

Innovations in plastics are helping make cars light, energy efficient and safe

  • A new manifold that increases horsepower 33%.
  • A front grill that saves weight and 50 of former tooling costs.
  • A single plastic part that reduces the need for 27 extra parts.
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Investigation of Opportunities for Lightweight Vehicles Using Advanced Plastics and Composites

Pre-competitive research details opportunities for lightweighting using technologies available today.

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