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Porsche leveraging the benefits of organic materials in automotive manufacturing applications

Automaker Porsche is leveraging the benefits of organic materials in automotive manufacturing applications. The new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport features body parts made of natural-fiber composite materials developed in the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET, which is part of the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, together with the Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites IfBB of Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts.  Registration statistics indicate that new cars are progressively becoming heavier, due for example to improved safety functions and more electronic equipment. This weight gain also means higher levels of fuel consumption, aspects contrary to the general goal of reducing CO2 emissions. Weight is also an important factor for e-cars, since they require larger and thus heavier batteries in order to maximize range, a decisive sales criterium. Accordingly, new developments in lightweight design are an absolute prerequisite for truly efficient e-cars. According to a study by business consultants at McKinsey, the share of lightweight parts in automobiles will have to rise from 30 to 70 percent by 2030 to compensate for the vehicle weight increase resulting from electric drives and motors.  Read more...



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