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Discussion of CAFE Standards Review

Mar 22 2017

There has been much discussion this year in regards to the potential of the opening of an EPA mid-term review of the Corporate Average Fuel Average (CAFÉ).    The topic has become politically charged and daily you can find media reports detailing the potential pros/cons of the review.  To shed some light on the impact this has on the future of automotive lightweighting and advanced power storage, Sloboadan Pavlovic, VP of Engineering at ElectriPlast Corp. provides his views below.

"I believe the automotive industry will not change its technology development for political reasons.  The OEMs will accept regulatory relief that helps them to be more profitable while developing new vehicle technology rather than implement costly solutions before they are ready.  Rolling out electric vehicles and fully hybrid vehicles to help meet the 2022-2025 CAFÉ standards was always a challenge for the auto industry and that is why the industry went with start-stop and mild hybrid vehicles.   US automakers compete on a global scale and their product strategy is aligned accordingly, so even if there were a change in CAFÉ standards, we will see little change from the automakers.  I’ve been in the auto industry for nearly 30 years and it’s very hard to predict the changing political environment, but one thing that has remained constant is the increasing fuel efficiency requirements, I don’t see that changing,"Slobodan Pavlovic. 

Below is a link to a recent article that provides a reasonably unbiased , report on the topic.

March 13 Conference Call Replay

Mar 13 2017
Link to March 13, 2017 Conference Call is Below

Partner Focus

Feb 6 2017

We’re excited to be working with Karma, here are some news articles that provide more detail on Karma Automotive:

Global Conductive Plastics Market Set for Rapid Growth And Trend, by 2025

Jan 13 2017

January 9, 2017 - Future Market Insights    

Conductive plastics are polymers which conduct electricity. They possess metallic conductivity or behave like semiconductors. Conductive plastics are a new variant of plastics with tremendous ongoing research to develop them further. It is estimated that, conductive plastics would find numerous applications across various industries. Many automobile manufacturers and aerospace engineers are studying conductive plastics in order to make them suitable for industrial applications. Conductive plastics are produced by incorporating carbon fibers, carbon nano – tubes or stainless steel fibers into plastic formulation. These dispersed fibers or nano tubes bring about the electrical conductivity effect in plastics.

The conductive polymers have the usual benefits of polymers such as moldability, ease of processing, light weight, corrosion resistance and design flexibility and in addition to these properties, they make the end product electrically conductive. These plastics find application in electronics, heavy engineering, automobiles and healthcare industry among others. The growing electronics and medical devices industry are the primary drivers of conductive plastics. Conductive plastics are a class of structural materials. They are called so because they are capable of performing several functions owing to their structure. The growing trend of owning small, light weight and smart gadgets is expected to fuel the growth of the conductive plastics market. Using conductive plastics, light weight gadgets can be manufactured, because, separate components to induce electrical conductivity would not be required if conductive plastics are used. However, conductive plastics possess poorer mechanical properties compared to traditional plastics. There is a lot of ongoing research in this field, in order to make them suited for precision processing, by enhancing their mechanical properties. This is expected to open new areas of opportunity for conductive plastics.

Countries such as China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and India are expected to be the biggest markets for conductive plastics. These countries are the electronic and automobile hubs of the world. Use of conductive plastics in automobile sensors, batteries and switches is also expected to grow considerably over the coming years. Brazil is expected to be the emerging market for conductive plastics within the forecast period. If the technology of conductive plastics is developed to meet aerospace needs, U.S and Europe could be potential markets for conductive plastics within the forecast period.

Research and development activities are being carried out to develop conductive plastics for bio medical devices. These plastics are being studied to relay the neuronal responses to eyes and ears via implantable devices, in case of sensory damage. Goodrich Corporation, which specializes in aircraft components, is carrying out research in the field of conductive plastics to develop light weight, sturdy and conductive plastics for use in landing gears. The reduced weight due to the use of conductive plastics is expected to greatly enhance the fuel efficiency of aircrafts and automobiles. Audi sedans make use of a conductive plastic named Ultraform N2320 C from BASF to manufacture the fuel filter housing. The use of this conductive plastic eliminates the risk of electrostatic discharge and sparking as fuel flows through the filter. These plastics can be used to manufacture conductive adhesives, artificial nerves, piezoceramics, optical computers, ion exchange membranes, actuators and other automobile and aircraft components.

The key players in this market include – Asbury Carbons, Bekaert Co, BASF, Electriplast Corporation, Ensinger, Goodrich Corporation, Nanocyl and RTP Co among others.

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Bi-Polar Battery Technology News

Jan 9 2017

Congratulations to our JTAP partner Advanced Battery Concepts!  A license agreement with the world’s largest battery manufacturer is a huge accomplishment.


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