Plastics boost range of electric cars


The need to reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions is driving the development of alternative drive systems for vehicles. One example is electric mobility, which makes it possible to eliminate the use of fossil fuels all together. One challenge here, though, is the still short range of electric vehicles.

The key to solving this challenge lies primarily in even lighter weight automobile construction according to Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany), which is developing innovative and sustainable material solutions based on polycarbonate and polyurethane, which can be in the areas of glazing and the roof structure, for example. In these applications, these materials enable weight reductions of up to 50 percent compared to glass, as already demonstrated by the use of polycarbonate panoramic roofs or fixed side windows in series production.
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