During a virtual CES 2021 keynote, General Motors announced its BrightDrop electric delivery vehicle business and single-seater urban air mobility concept vehicle.
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Kordsa’s supply of carbon fiber fabric offers additional electric vehicle lightweighting opportunities for TRB Lightweight Structures.
Purchase order for 6,320 C-Series delivery vehicles marks Workhorses’ largest individual order to date and expands its sales channel internationally into Canada.
The U.S. Air Force’s initiative to accelerate the vertical aircraft market lays the groundwork for the use of Joby’s eVTOL equipment for military missions.
Data and market analysis company Inovev estimates that 15 million fewer vehicles have been produced in 2020 compared to 2019.
A joint 2020 Nuclear Energy Agency and International Energy Agency study reports that levelized costs of renewable and nuclear energy generation are falling below that of fossil fuels.
As carbon dioxide emission regulations become stricter across the world, HEV sales show an increasingly upward trend, with expectations to peak at $792 billion by 2027.
Governments and automakers are sending clear signals that electric vehicles are the future. Lightweighting EVs with composites seems obvious, but Dale Brosius says there are more opportunities not to be missed.
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Transition into broader R&D capabilities include honeycomb manufacturing process for ultra-lightweight Class A panels and a full-sized, multi-material battery enclosure featuring a one-piece composite cover.
Toray carbon fiber materials will be used throughout the eVTOL aircraft structure, propulsion systems and interior components, with hopes to bring it to commercial operation as early as 2023.
The successful test ensured the all-electric e-Starling’s CTOL flight capabilities and achieved an essential step toward its VTOL aircraft development.
CW Talks visits with Lisa Ketelsen, head of thermoplastic composites and CEO of Maezio at Covestro. Ketelsen talks about her path to Covestro and the Maezio product line, Maezio’s attributes and applications, and how she sees thermoplastic composites evolving in the marketplace.
An initial €2.1 million grant and a possible equity portion of up to €11 million will keep the project on track to meet its goal of initiating deliveries of production-version Cassio airplanes in 2023.
A new project aims to identify potential opportunities and challenges for composite materials within the electric vehicle battery enclosure market.
Composites continue measured growth as the global automotive industry, driven by zero-emissions goals toward increased electrification, seeks to reduce vehicle weight and improve performance.
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After setting up a business dedicated to urban air mobility, and opening a dedicated R&D lab, Honeywell has now acquired the assets of fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Unmanned Systems.
Fraunhofer IWS develops cost-effective joining of aluminum frames and fiber glass-reinforced thermoplastic panels.
The Italy-based company collaborated with Romeo Ferraris on the design and production of the new, all-electric Alfa Romeo Giulia ETCR car to compete in the 2021 Pure ETCR.
In order for lightweighting to be a cost-effective solution against batteries by 2030, Lux determines it will need to cost less than $5/kilogram of weight saved.
A contract was awarded by Potez Aéronautique to aid in Eviation’s all-electric, composites-driven aircraft program, Alice. The partnership will reinforce both companies’ past program collaborations.
Plasan Carbon Composites is targeting next-generation electric vehicle applications with its lightweight, CFRP body structure design.
Although fuel-cell powered vehicles could still be in the automotive future, growth will be measured and so will the market for composite components. Composites for electric vehicle battery packs and hydrogen tanks for fuel cell vehicles will be the more immediate opportunity.
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Chosen for SMC’s range of benefits, Creative Composites has currently manufactured SMC front fenders and doors, designed to offer longevity, flexibility and robustness against everyday dents and knocks.
The Volvo Group and Daimler Trucks AG aim to develop, produce and commercialize fuel-cell systems for primary use in heavy-duty trucks, and other applications to hit 2050 climate-neutrality goals.
The Precept battery electric vehicle, developed by Volvo’s Polestar brand, is said to feature Bcomp interior and exterior flax fiber composite panels.
The South Carolina-based microfactory will be the London-based company’s approach to bring down the cost of electric vehicles and accelerate mass adoption. Operations are expected to begin Q2 2021.
Participation with the cross-industry network’s upcoming multi-material battery casing project and will accelerate Teijin’s automotive composites expertise.
Dubbed Luca, the concept car incorporates EconCore’s recycled PET honeycomb cores, as well as other waste materials including horse hair, coconut fiber, flax and plastic bottles.