Lightweighting in Cars: One Weird Chart That Should Convince Auto Makers
With strict government CAFE standards requiring higher efficiency vehicles by 2025, choosing the right materials for automotive car parts is more important than ever.
10 Most Powerful Women in Autos
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.
Plastics Make It Possible® Launches Holiday Auto Travel Poll With Chance to Win $500
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.
Uniqueco Working on Rugged 4x4 and Multipurpose Vehicle Built From Plastic
The company has designed two different models that use lightweight construction centered around plastic shells.
Graphene Could Boost Natural Gas-Powered Cars
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.
2013 SRT Viper Carbon Fiber X-Brace
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 World’s Most Hardcore Sports Car Gets Its First Update in 60 Years
The body has been shaped in the wind tunnel by its Formula 1 team and is comprised entirely of carbon fiber.
Audi: Carbon Fiber Too Expensive; Future Is In Mixing Materials
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.
Making a Material Difference in the U.S. Automotive Industry
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.
Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Is on the Rise, Thanks in Large Part to Chemistry
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.
Survey: Fuel Efficiency a Top Concern of Automotive Engineers
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.
BMW Electric Car Will Offer Gas Generator to Boost Range
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.
BMW Dishes on "Lightweight" 2014 M4
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.
DuPont Hails Automotive Thermoplastic Composites
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.
Continuous-Fiber Laminate/Overmolding Compound Combination to Further Plastic Penetration in Auto
Thermoplastic materials, with both short- and long-fiber reinforcement, have made a major contribution to lightweighting.
Driving Volkswagen's 261 MPG Car Is Like Driving The Future
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: Revamped 2014 Mazada3 to Lead Compact Segment in MPG
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.
Plastic Oil Sumps Offer Further Lightweighting Options
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.
Thermoplastic Composites Closer to Mass Production
A collaborative project between DuPont and Citroën has brought the use of structural thermoplastic composite parts a step closer to mass production.
Focus3D Printing May Increase Detroit's Demand for Petchem Plastics
Through a process called rapid prototyping that uses 3D printers to produce prototype parts from plastic resins, General Motors is turning around upgrades that are cheaper and quicker to make for products such as dashboards, centre consoles and other interior parts.
Lightweight Materials, Alternative Fuels And 58 MPG 30 Years Ago? Volvo Did It
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.
New Very Light Car Unveiled
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.
Audi TT Ultra Quattro Concept: Design Gallery
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.
Coming Soon: Your Personal Flying Car
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.
Boeing Executive Discusses Ins and Outs of 787
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.
Automotive Lightweighting Applications: The Road Ahead
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.
Renault's New Electric Concept Car Looks Like A Firefly On Acid
French carmaker Renault and Welsh industrial designer Ross Lovegrove teamed up to create this LED-covered, lightning-bug-looking electric city car, called the Twin'Z.
EPA Report Marks Significant Gains in Vehicle Efficiency, Propelled by Chemistry
The automotive industry has seen significant improvements in vehicle efficiency in recent years, according to EPA's annual report.
Plastic Potential: Automakers Turn to Alternative Materials to Help Vehicles Shed Pounds
While much of the press around lightweighting vehicles has been focused on substituting aluminum and magnesium or exotic materials such as carbon fiber in the place of steel, the industry is also looking at the role of plastics.
3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production
Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles.