Collision repairers, auto recyclers and OEMs might have a new and potentially lucrative means of disposing of bumper fascias: Give them to the plastics industry to melt down and reuse.
ACC Statement on Safety Aspects of the EPA-NHTSA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Fuel Efficiency of 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today issued the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule),”a notice of proposed rulemaking that would freeze fuel economy standards at model year (MY) 2020 levels for MY 2021-2026.
The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division has joined the Coalition for Future Mobility, which encourages bipartisan congressional leadership to advance the safe testing and deployment of automated vehicle technology in the United States.
The White House has invited automakers to a Monday meeting where it will again press them to support the rollback of Obama-era clean car rules, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.
When the CEOs of major automakers asked President Trump to re-evaluate Obama-era clean car standards, they were hoping he would soften the rules. Instead, they got a full-fledged rollback.
Goodyear went both retro and futuristic at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show to showcase the company’s technical prowess.
According to a new report by the Plastics Industry Association (Plastics), Washington, demand for plastics in several modes of transportation is increasing.
Plastics Industry Association report: Next-gen transport will open up increased opportunities for plastics
Did you know that a 10% reduction in vehicle weight results in an estimated 5 to 7% reduction in fuel usage? And that of the approximately 30,000 parts in an automobile, one-third are plastic? How about the fact that in 2016, the average light vehicle contained about 330 pounds (150 kg) of polymer composites that accounted for over 50% of the total vehicle volume?
Toyota has argued that self-driving car technology still has lots of hurdles to clear before it’s ready for widespread consumer use, but that the artificial intelligence and sensor research going into it can be leveraged earlier to cut down on crashes.
Cars could brake in a split-second when faced with a possible collision, if a robotics breakthrough inspired by locusts delivers on its promise.
Volvo has committed to being climate neutral in manufacturing by 2025 and is aiming for 50% of sales to be ‘fully electric’ by 2025. See our new electrification content.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency yesterday announced completion of its Midterm Evaluation for greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks (model years 2022 to 2025), which determined that current standards are not appropriate and should be revised.
The focal point of the Industry 4.0 Testlab will be the first industrial-scale multilayer approach to 3D printing carbon fiber composites, which will be able to produce commercial parts made with the material for less waste, less cost, and a better production capability.
With selling an average of about 800,000 pickups annually, GM’s use of carbon fiber on premium versions initially could very well be the push needed for broader adoption in the auto industry.
Today’s cars are comprised of about 50 percent plastics by volume. (Look around the next time you’re in a car. Most everything you can touch is made with plastics.) BUT because plastics are typically lighter than other materials, plastics comprise only ten percent of today’s cars by weight.
End-of-life vehicles, with their plastic, metal and rubber components, are responsible for millions of tons of waste around the world each year. Now, one team reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering that the plastic components in these vehicles can be recycled with coconut oil and re-used as foams for the construction, packaging and automotive industries.
The industry is looking for better ways to coat the lightweight material.The competition is open to Ph.D. students and researchers in the U.S. and Canada who have ideas on ways to improve coating techniques for carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP).
McLaren Racing Limited is using 3D printers to modify the parts on its race car. Replacing a rear wing took just a week and a half instead of the five weeks it would have taken with traditional methods.
Not just one-offs, 3-D plastics printers can create the actual mold used for a production line part. Making a mold used to take 3-6 weeks and cost tens of thousands. Now, small businesses can compete with global giants. To change or customize a part, print a new mold from the CAD drawing. Plastics can speed up new product time-to-market with 3-D printing.
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.
Starting with Los Angeles, Maven will focus on collaborating with cities and municipalities to co-create smart transportation solutions that enhance mobility, create jobs and ease parking and congestion,” stated Julia Steyn, the VP of General Motors.
To introduce a new generation of trucks that can meet the fuel economy and emission standards, manufacturers are utilizing plastics and plastic composites to replace heavier metal parts.
Cars get a little safer every year, but incremental improvements to things like airbags and crumple zones are easy to overlook. Take a long view, though—like, two decades long—and the sum of these small advances becomes glaringly obvious.
Some of the newest, most cutting-edge vehicles can give us a glimpse at how plastics will continue to “drive” future automotive innovation.
PSA plans to utilize Divergent 3D’s technologies in enhancing overall vehicle structures to build lighter and structurally safer cars in the future.
Will a President Donald Trump scrap the aggressive fuel-economy targets that automakers and President Obama agreed to five years ago?
The silver car is the least expensive Nissan model sold in the US. The red car is the least expensive model sold in Mexico. The difference between a crash’s effect on each car is…frightening.
The European aerospace giant Airbus recently unveiled its secret flying-car project dubbed Vahana — a single-manned, autonomously piloted aircraft that can take off and land vertically. Cue the Jetsons references!
Solvay, a leading global supplier of specialty polymers, announced that its high-performing Ryton® polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) will be at the heart of the Polimotor 2 engine’s water pump.
It almost sounds too good to be true…but really it’s just the power of plastics and chemistry!
Plastic is the matrix material holding carbon fibers together to form material one-sixth the weight of steel but with twelve times the crash absorbing energy.
About eight years ago, a company called Carbonbike came out with its first carbon-fiber hand-bike design. Now, all serious competitors are switching to carbon-framed bikes from that company and its competitors.
The new IACMI project will address the problems of cost and design constraints in automotive applications through, it says, ‘a fundamentally different approach to the manufacturing of carbon fiber composites versus those currently in use today’.
Could cut 1.1 billion tons of carbon and save $170 billion in fuel.
Taking weight out of vehicles and engine efficiency programs continue to top the list of strategies for automakers as the industry looks for ways to meet 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards.
Carbon fiber isn’t just a fancy accessory on today’s high-end sports cars–it’s the material of the future that’s making cars lighter and stronger than ever. Lamborghini recently opened up a new carbon fiber R&D facility in Seattle, and the tech it’s developing there is potentially game-changing.
The car’s rear quarter window is injection molded with LEXAN™ resin, an optically clear and lightweight-enabling PC material from SABIC. The window is about 50 percent lighter compared to a conventional glass solution.
View this cool video to learn more this fascinating technology.
With the potential to reduce the weight of vehicle components by up to 60%, carbon fiber composites is one of the most promising lightweight materials available to improve vehicle efficiency.
Solvay Announces Polimotor 2 All-Plastic Engine Project Will Mold its Oil Pump Housing from AvaSpire® PAEK Ultra Polymer
A 30 percent carbon fiber-reinforced compound, AvaSpire® AV-651 CF30 PAEK delivers higher strength, stiffness and fatigue resistance compared to base AV-651 grades, and enhanced weight reduction vs. glass fiber-reinforced AvaSpire® PAEK grades.
This MSO Carbon Series features 40 percent more carbon than before.
View this interesting infographic to learn more about CAFE.
Regulations on car safety aren’t quite as strict outside the US — which leads to some cars that completely (scoring 0 out of 17) on crash tests. It’s not pretty.
At a time when fuel efficiency standards are on the rise, plastics are helping cars travel longer distances on less fuel.
Matthew Beecham caught up with Frank Kerstan, Global Programme Manager for Automotive Composites and his colleagues to learn more about Henkel’s composite leaf spring for Volvo, adhesives for windscreens, and electro ceramic coatings.
Today in Taking Measure we asked 2016 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipient Adam Creuziger a few questions about his life and work.
Competitive market intelligence and analysis focusing on current trends impacting North American plastics processors.
The material used to 3D print the vehicles is composed of pellets made up of a blend that is 80 percent ABS and 20 percent carbon fiber.
EERE success story—heavy vehicle fuel efficiency is no drag.
A very serious Mustang that you can’t buy.
If automakers want to reach the federal mandate of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, they are going to have to come up with ways of making cars lighter.
Use of lightweight yet strong materials has become the order of the day for auto manufacturers that are constantly seeking ways to reduce the weight of cars and trucks in order to improve fuel efficiency, safety and design for consumers.
In the automotive market segment, the increase in Corporate Annual Fuel Economy (CAFE) levels should benefit the reinforced plastics market as metal components are increasingly replaced with plastics.
These technologies will help save American consumers money and decrease carbon emissions by increasing the fuel efficiency of conventional cars and trucks.
The new Ford GT supercar will be full of fancy technology. A twin-turbo engine. Carbon fiber everything. And, thanks to a partnership with Corning, a windshield built with Gorilla Glass.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes a reworking to the famous 5-Star Safety Ratings that can be found on every new car window sticker.
Ford Performance wanted to showcase innovation on the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang by creating a grille opening reinforcement made of carbon fiber.
The Polimotor 2 engine component is the first successful application of 3D-printing with PEEK polymer.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, automobile components made with advanced composite materials could reduce the weight of passenger cars by half and improve fuel efficiency by nearly 35 percent.
Chairman and CEO of Continental Structural Plastics answers questions regarding the impact of CAFE standards on plastics companies.
3D printing has become an integral part of the car production process over the last few years, especially at Ford.
Scientist designs an industrial-strength composite material to act like a brace for cracked tusk.
Automotive plastic products yield economic, environmental benefits.
Lighter vehicles help improve fuel mileage, and strong ones help keep passengers safer. Carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) are a group of advanced materials that can meet both requirements.
A set of super-light RAYS wheels, and carbon-fibre doors and seats help to further lighten the car by a significant 113 kg, to a total weight of 943(!) kg.
The world’s fastest two-seat, pure-electric sports car is to be delivered to a customer in China within weeks, the vehicle’s builder said on Friday.
Automakers are finding that advanced plastics are effective materials for reducing component weight while maintaining and even improving safety.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, automobile components made with advanced composite materials could reduce the weight of passenger cars by half and improve fuel efficiency by nearly 35 percent. That’s one of the primary reasons that automakers are ramping up use of composite auto parts made with carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) in their vehicles.
The speaker discusses the carmaker’s material and manufacturing strategies as it pursues lightweighting in new-car development.
The world’s 4th largest automaker continues its charge with a strategy that it’s awfully familiar with.
To meet this challenge, automakers are focusing on design efficiencies and increasingly turning to advanced, lightweight materials.
Ford unveiled its all-new GT, a high-performance, production-volume sports car, and made a claim that would seem to indicate where our cars and trucks are headed: “Few innovations provide a more wide-ranging performance and efficiency advantage than reducing weight. All factors of a vehicle’s capabilities – acceleration, handling, braking, safety, efficiency – can improve through the use of advanced, lighter materials.”
These days, an assortment of composites are helping to reduce weight, save fuel, and decrease the number of parts used.
The Department aims to support research and development advancements that can reduce the cost of deployment for technologies such as advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing by as much as 50 percent.
The materials researched could be applied to the future construction and fabrication of 3D printed automotive parts.
Polyurethanes have a wide range of uses in the automotive industry.
Divergent Microfactories is focused on cleaning up the highways by promoting electric vehicle adoption.
Been to an auto showroom lately? There have been plenty of recent changes to our cars and trucks, from advanced dashboard displays to inflatable seat belts, many of them based on innovations in plastics.
VolkerWessels’ PlasticRoad project proposes the development of a road surface made up of recycled plastic. The surface would be a dramatically greener alternative to asphalt (which is responsible for 1.6 million tons of CO2 emissions/year globally), and would also significantly improve the amount of time spent on road construction.
Solvay is proudly taking a leadership role in the development of the Polimotor 2 all-plastic automotive engine, to be tested in a race car next year, demonstrating its unique and industry-leading advanced specialty polymer technologies in light-weighting through metal replacement.
Carbon fiber plastics literally RESHAPE the 2017 Ford GT.
When you drive down the street, no matter where you live, you are bound to come across many vehicles which have been customized through the use of body kits, new wheels, and fancy paint jobs. Now, one automaker is set to take customization to an entirely new level.
This new printable material is made from the plastic found within vehicle dashboards and door panels as well as PET plastic bottles.
The concept vehicle is about creating a better value proposition for young adults that have little money to spare, less interest in vehicle ownership than previous generations, yet need a personal mobility solution that aligns with their complex lifestyle.
The aerospace industry is not the only area in which weight reduction will lead to cost savings. Take for instance automobiles. The lighter a vehicle is, the less resistance it encounters, meaning it can move faster and use less fuel.
General Motors has a vision of motoring in 2030, when autonomous cars free us from the tyranny of the commute, and it’s…interesting.
Its body shells are made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) mounted atop an aluminum rolling platform carrying the powertrains and crash structures.
3D printing is quickly becoming more than simply a design tool and is being incorporated into many businesses’ manufacturing processes.
Thanks to computers that are more powerful than ever before, an on-screen crash can offer nearly as much information as a real one.
Welcome to M City, a soon-to-open 23-acre mini-metropolis at the University of Michigan, where automakers can test autonomous cars to prepare for the driverless future expected within a decade.
Plastics use in automobiles will increase 75% by 2020, and carbon fiber is expected to triple by 2030, according to IHS Chemical. The growing role of plastics in cars will be a boon for the chemical industry, which is developing composites and advanced plastics to meet the growing demand for lightweight materials.
The thermoplastic roof reduces drag, and the company says it is capable of raising the fuel economy of large vehicles by up to three percent.
Plastics again forges the future…new Chinese entrant..does it use carbon fiber…what is the crumple zone made of??? Find out more at the link above.
Pierre Jenny, the manufacturing director at Volvo Trucks, says using Stratasys AM technology has cut the time it takes to design and manufacture a variety of tools once produced in metal from 36 days to just two days by using thermoplastic ABSplus and the Stratasys Fortus 3D Production System.
Automotive plastic car parts and body make car lightweight enough to fly. Due in 2017.
Plastic Auto Parts: BMW i3 Tour of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Body in White and Crumple Zone Physics
This new blog post showcases an exclusive video that highlights automotive lightweighting and the dynamic front-end vectoring technology of the crumple zone used in the fully electric BMW i3.
Learn more about advanced composites by watching this video from Energy.gov.
They’re called the the NTU Venture 8 and NTU Venture 9, and they’re a pair of student-designed project vehicles mounted on carbon fiber chassis structures which make use of solar power and 3D printing.
The funding opportunity will go towards a wide range of research, development, and demonstration projects that aim to reduce the price and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and conventional vehicles.
The automobile industry is in the midst of what may be the biggest shakeup in its 130 year history.
Auto companies are revolutionizing the industry with 3D printing, connected-car systems and an array of new smart technologies.
A little more than half of the structure is made of composite materials such as plastic reinforced by carbon fibers.
3-D printed cars are coming to National Harbor proving that the Maryland waterfront really is becoming a giant adult playground.
Cobra update: it’s a roadster, not a convertible. And its made by a 3D printer from plastic/carbon fiber pellets.
Local Motors is building the Strati right on the floor of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with printing and routing equipment that it brought in just for the occasion.
The annual gathering of tech companies in Las Vegas isn’t focused on cars, but this year automobile tech seemed to take over the event.
The F 015 is nearly 40 percent lighter than a comparably-sized production vehicle thanks to the widespread use of lightweight materials like carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastics, aluminum and high-strength steel.
A new report suggests that Asia-Pacific is the most promising carbon fiber market.
In this video, John McElroy (the host of Autoline Daily) offers his views on the future of plastics in the automotive industry.
Based on research and development by automakers, plastics makers, and the government, carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) now appears headed toward mainstream use in the family car. carbon fiber-reinforced plastic.
Facing increasing congestion in city centers, urban mobility is in need of transformation. The challenge is not just to find something that is eco-friendly and easy to use but also adaptable to individual needs and can be shared between users.
HD Close-Ups of the New 3-D Printed Carbon Fiber Plastic Car
Local Motor’s 3-D Printed Car Visits Washington, DC.
IDEO imagines the wild future of self-driving cars.
This 21-year old is painting the most insane sci-fi vehicles on the planet.
Automotive plastics are here to stay, and IHS Automotive has the figures to prove it.
Plastics help enable underwater bond car.
As the environmental, social and economic impacts of a product over its entire life cycle receive increased attention, many companies are wondering about conducting a life cycle assessment (LCA). Should they conduct an LCA? And if so, when and how?
One key to Visio.M’s high energy efficiency is its light weight; without the battery, Visio.M weighs only 992 lbs. The passenger compartment consists of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic, while aluminum is used in the front, rear and room frame. All windows are made of LEXAN resin, a polycarbonate (PC) material, and coating technologies from SABIC.
Americans rate fuel efficiency as their #1 priority ahead of even safety and cost, underscoring growing frustrations over high gas prices.
Cars are in the midst of the most profound transformation in the past 100 years. And that change is only accelerating.
Already a permanent feature of automotive engineering, lightweight construction methods continue to steadily gain in importance.
Johnson Controls is working on a production process to personalize interiors that is entirely new in automotive production: an inkjet process for seat covers.
In the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” the title character got this career advice: just one word…plastics.
PlastiComp, Inc., a global leader in long fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials and technologies, has developed an innovative set of hybrid thermoplastic composites that combine long glass fiber and long carbon fiber reinforcement together in a single, ready-to-mold composite pellet.
The Strati took 44 hours to make, and it’s completely driveable. And it just might be the future of automotive technology everywhere.
Printed in carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic or ABS, the finished Strati can drive at speeds up to 40 mph and can travel 120 miles on a single charge.
“Strati”, the Italian word for “layers”, is the name of the first 3D printed electric car, made in Chicago.
SABIC delivered the materials and processing expertise needed to create a first-of-its-kind concept vehicle using advanced 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) during the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this week.
The printer is the world’s first large-scale 3-D printer that works with polymers.
Combine the plastic technologies with cars run on renewable energy and we can begin to forget the pollution caused by petrol engines.
The Energy Department announced more than $55 million for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs.
Things like carbon fiber splinters don’t injure the drive in the event of a crash.
Called MK1, Carice’s latest creation takes the form of a tiny two-seater roadster whose design pays homage to the iconic Porsche 356.
The advent of new lightweight materials including carbon-reinforced plastics and strong-but-light metal alloys will help.
Demand for lightweight automotive materials in the North American light vehicle market is anticipated to rise 5.2 percent annually to 22.3 billion pounds in 2018.
The demand for polymers and composites in the North American automotive market has risen from 5235 million pounds in 2008 to 7135 million pounds. This is predicted to rise to 8020 million pounds by 2018.
BMW is leading the way with its innovative i3 runabout, showing that it is possible to build a compact city car using a high-tech material like carbon fibre without sending production costs through the roof.
While giant producers of the light metal like Alcoa and Novelis tried unsuccessfully for decades to lure automakers to give up the steel in favor of the way lighter material, it’s just now that their efforts could bear fruit.
Local Motors has been building cars with the help of community-submitted part designs for years now, but this September, it has far more ambitious plans: creating a working, 3D-printed electric vehicle, also based on a design by someone from its community.
The car’s wheels and seats are carbon fiber…while the rear window is plastic.
The new BMWi car series is the most recent evidence that plastics and polymer composites, such as carbon fiber reinforced plastics, are bridging the material divide between high-performance racecars and passenger vehicles.
The plan is to build around 200 of the mostly-plastic cars over the next year, with road testing probably restricted to California for the next year or two.
Exhibit in Atlanta features 17 of the most innovative ‘Dream Cars’ ever made.
Polyurethane foam offers high performance over a wide range of firmness while adding only nominal weight to the car overall.
At the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, John McElroy, host of Autoline.tv, moderated several panels as part of the Autoline Supplier Symposium event.
More demonstration of the capabilities of plastics and polymer composites is needed to expand the use of those materials in automotive applications, according to a new roadmap from the American Chemistry Council’s plastics division.
At the Society of Automotive Engineers’ 2014 World Congress & Exhibition in Detroit, the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division released an updated roadmap that will help automakers and their suppliers dramatically enhance fuel efficiency in vehicles through the adoption of plastics and polymer composites to achieve significant weight reductions.
Find out what advances in technology mean for auto’s future.
Plastics Makers Announce Strategic Framework to Help Automakers, Suppliers Achieve Fuel Efficiency Standards through Vehicle Lightweighting
The American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division released an updated roadmap that will help automakers and their suppliers dramatically enhance fuel efficiency in vehicles through the adoption of plastics and polymer composites to achieve significant weight reductions.
So how do you make an RV that tips into 7 figures? With Dallara’s help, Indiana-based Global Caravan Technologies built the CR-1 Carbon almost entirely out of–you guessed it–carbon fiber.
Says Tom Pilette, vice president of product and process development for Magna Exteriors: “By continuing to develop vehicle parts and systems with cutting-edge materials, we are able to assist our customers meet fuel economy and emissions standards for their cars and trucks.”
The Revolution: How Injection Molded Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics Will Be an Auto Industry Game Changer
Just imagine the possibilities for automakers working to produce stronger, lighter cars of the future if carbon fiber were infused in injection moldable plastics to the same extent glass fibers are today!
EDAG’s robot built the Genesis concept by creating a thermoplastic model of the complex interior, although the company says they could use carbon fiber to make the structure both stronger and lighter.
Automakers have a long road ahead of them regarding the U.S. government’s 2025 fuel economy standards.
The government’s new fuel-efficiency guidelines for passenger vehicles will not push up cost of cars substantially, at least in the first stage that will kick in from April 2016.
The comprehensive report examines the state of the automotive composites market through 2024 and includes a broad range of supplier companies.
For semi-structural and some structural parts in a car, carbon fiber compression molding compounds work well, and are faster to produce than the autoclave-dependent advanced materials. They’re still pricey, though. One way to lower that price is by combining them intelligently with other fibers, like glass.
The cab might look like it ran over the back half of a Corvette, but that low profile shape makes it 20 percent more aerodynamic than your standard rig. It’s towing the world’s first 53-foot carbon fiber trailer.
For more than a century, air cars have remained a quixotic quest of engineers—an idealistic exercise with little long-term likelihood of entering mass production.
BMW could be the first OEM to offer entire wheels in carbon fiber reinforced plastic in two years.
2013 was another big year in automotive composites.
Lightweight and luxury are watchwords at the 2014 North American International Auto Show at Detroit’s Cobo Center.
Changes in the U.S. political climate or consumer tastes may force a revision of federal standards that require automakers to nearly double the overall gas mileage of their cars and trucks by 2025.
At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the level of exuberance seemed more amped up than in previous years—automakers are throwing it all against the wall to see what awesomeness sticks.
The all-LED headlight includes a light pipe around the lamp, which sets off the all-plastic system and makes the F-150 look like no other truck on the market, even in the dark.
With strict government CAFE standards requiring higher efficiency vehicles by 2025, choosing the right materials for automotive car parts is more important than ever.
Driving a car with disappearing doors will definitely grab everyone’s attention.
A century after Henry Ford revolutionized the auto world, it’s still an old boys club. But these 10 women are leading the way in an industry overdue for change.
Answer a few questions about auto travel while learning how plastics make possible many advances in today’s autos—and enter for a chance to win one of two $500 gift cards.
The company has designed two different models that use lightweight construction centered around plastic shells.
The researchers were able to combine plastic and graphene to create a plastic tank capable of holding natural gas. Lighter plastic tanks could make cars more efficient by lowering the amount of fuel they need.
The single-piece, all Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) X-Brace, an important structural component of the body system, was developed from lightweight carbon fiber material to maximize weight reduction and meet performance targets.
The body has been shaped in the wind tunnel by its Formula 1 team and is comprised entirely of carbon fiber.
The process with the slowest speed is defining the frequency of production, Hackenberg explained, so the solution is to bring in production methods that allow lighter materials to be used selectively in combination with others that can keep costs down.
LANXESS is one of the chemistry companies making a material difference in the automotive industry through high-tech plastics used to lighten vehicles and synthetic rubber blends and additives for tires that have less rolling resistance.
Plastics, which make up 50 percent of the volume of cars but only 10 percent of the weight, help to make cars lighter and more fuel efficient and resulting in fewer CO2 emissions.
In its annual survey of auto industry insiders, DuPont Co. and WardsAuto found that only 8 percent of the respondents expected regulations would relax, compared to nearly half—47 percent—anticipating requirements would strengthen further.
The i3 stands out because its main body, called the passenger cell, is made of plastic. This isn’t ordinary plastic, but carbon fiber reinforced plastic or CFRP, which BMW said is as strong as steel but weighs half as much.
The philosophy will be around delivering performance through improved use of materials—lightweight alloys, lots of carbon fibre etc—rather than simply trying to make the engine more powerful to move the same kind of car, or scaling it back too far so that it loses its M3 roots.
One of the key research directions is the reduction of vehicle mass, with the goal of reducing total weight by at least 200 kg between 2020 and 2025.
Thermoplastic materials, with both short- and long-fiber reinforcement, have made a major contribution to lightweighting.
There’s carbon fiber everywhere…it has carbon-ceramic brake discs and pads, polycarbonate windows and a magnesium clutch. This was a project not many could have pulled off apart from Volkswagen, and even they had to think about it for quite a while.
Mazda Motor Corp.’s next-generation Mazda3, equipped with its full set of technologies developed to reduce weight and enhance fuel efficiency, will top the compact segment in fuel economy when it goes on sale in the United States in September, the automaker said today.
Engineering plastics suppliers have uncovered another application where their offerings can substitute heavier incumbent metal technology as evidenced by two recent developments that assist auto and truck makers in improving fuel economy and reducing emissions.
A collaborative project between DuPont and Citroën has brought the use of structural thermoplastic composite parts a step closer to mass production.
Different types of plastic, magnesium and aluminum were extensively used throughout the design, both from a weight perspective and for recycling reasons and future availability.
Edison2, the winner of the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, recently unveiled its latest Very Light Car (VLC) architecture at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich.
The TT ultra quattro makes extensive use of lightweight materials, including carbon-fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).
Johnson Controls and OSU EcoCAR 2 Project Puts Green Tech in the Driver’s Seat (and the Other Seats)
A project with Johnson Automotive Controls and Ohio State University offers a pretty interesting look at what the seating of future green vehicles might be like.
The carbon-fiber vehicle takes off vertically, right from your driveway (presuming you have 100 ft of clearance), using electric-powered rotor blades mounted on each side.
Low-cost, large-scale composites manufacturing technology allows a significant increase in the use of composites on the 787.
New Research: Consumers Embrace New Fuel Economy Standard, are Purchasing More High MPG Vehicles, and Plan to Significantly Increase Fuel Efficiency in Future Purchases
First “progress report” on 54.5 mpg standard shows consumer demand strong, automakers meeting the challenge, and electrics gaining popularity.
Lightweighting measures are expected to be applied to every car model launched in the coming years. The average car contains 15 percent of its total weight—or roughly 400 pounds—of plastics, with its use in automotive manufacturing accelerating.