Ford and Dow have come in collaboration to produce cheap, low-weight, next generation cars as announced by Dow Automotive systems.
[hana-code-insert name=’StumbleUpon’ /][hana-code-insert name=’Reddit’ /]In this production of cheap cars, the companies are working on to produce cheap carbon fibers that should become accessible to “masses”.
Carbon fibers are costly due to intensive manufacturing processes and the two companies have joined to produce cost-effective and simple carbon fibers on large scale. With this product, Ford will be able to reduce the weight of its future sedans by about 750 pounds.
Ford has already achieved the reduction in weight and size of the engine through the use of EcoBoost engines while the company has plans to reduce the weight further through reduced Carbon fibers and in this step the company has joined with Dow Automotive systems.
“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.”
The cost of the project is still not clear but hopefully we will get cheap and efficient Ford sedans by the end of this decade.