Ford and Dow Automotive Systems Have Joined to Produce Low Weight Automobiles
Ford and Dow automotive systems are collaboratively working on to develop cheap carbon fibers, which would be available to the general public.
Carbon fiber is a material that car manufacturers want most importantly but they are costly ingredients in the recipe of the car. They are costly as they are produced by intensive manufacturing processes.
The two companies are working on to increase the production of carbon fibers along with its cost-effectiveness and simplicity. They are thinking on this process as Ford has plans to produce sedans, such as Ford Fusion, by the end of the decade which will not use carbon fiber. With this production, Ford will be able to remove almost 750 pounds of ugly carbon fiber out of the car. To achieve this thing, the company has to cut out the material with research.
“There are two ways to reduce energy use in vehicles: improving the conversion efficiency of fuels to motion and reducing the amount of work that powertrains need to do,” said Paul Mascarenas, Ford chief technical officer and vice president, Research and Innovation. “Ford is tackling the conversion problem primarily through downsizing engines with EcoBoost® and electrification while mass reduction and improved aerodynamics are keys to reducing the workload.”
“Vehicle weight reduction for our customers through intelligent design with a materials focus has been a priority for Dow Automotive Systems,” said Florian Schattenmann, director of Research and Development for Dow Automotive Systems. “This partnership with Ford on carbon fiber composites is a logical next step to progress already achieved through the use of lightweight, high-strength polymers and structural bonding technology.”
It is still not clear, how much this project will cost.