Innovative materials developed by the chemical industry help create a low-carbon car
Europe is on the way to reducing emissions from its transport. In addition to switching to hybrid-electric vehicles that reduce CO2, many improvements can be made to car design. The chemical industry has a big role to play in making vehicles more fuel efficient and emit less CO2.
When vehicle engineers embark on a quest to have a safer and higher performance battery for a vehicle, they work closely with the chemical industry to develop technologies that would make the battery more efficient. Special additives, coatings and binders as well composite materials developed by the chemical industry are widely used to make or improve the key elements of a Li-Ion battery to make it safer and more durable.
We also make innovative elastomers for tyres to optimise their grip and decrease rolling resistance. This enhances safety, saves fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions up to 10%.
Lightweight materials (e.g. engineered thermoplastic, adhesives) also significantly reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Not only does the industry provide solutions for the vehicle itself, it also provides solutions for the charging infrastructure. Durable, upgradeable and user-friendly charging points will be necessary. A wide-range of high-performance chemical materials, such as thermoplastics can be used to achieve this goal.