Electromobility has made more and more technical advances in terms of drive technology and energy storage in recent years. There are also constant improvements in the materials used. New composite materials are used to reduce wear and the weight of components in electromobility. When you take a holistic look at the efficiency of new mobility solutions, you cannot avoid innovative composite materials. Lightweight components based on high performance plastics reduce the overall weight of vehicles and thus ensure lower energy consumption. But if we want to protect the environment, we have to go one step further. For this purpose we divide the areas of application of new materials into the two categories "Components for movement" and "Static components".
Components for Movement
By components for movement, we mean all parts that are used to carry out linear and radial movements in the vehicle. This includes bushings, slide rails, gear wheels and thread technology. Innovative plastic composites for these components have very good sliding properties and high abrasion resistance. These properties lead to a very long service life of wear parts, which means that they need to be replaced less often and therefore less produced. With their excellent sliding properties, they make additional lubricants superfluous and prevent operational downtimes due to a lack of lubricant. At the same time, plastic parts are very quiet in operation and are suitable for noise reduction. Depending on the area of application, plastics can even use their elasticity to absorb mechanical overloads caused by other defective components, which would damage the entire mechanism. All in all, new plastic composite materials bring many new specific technical properties with them, which make mechanical components more durable.
All parts that are used to cover areas of a vehicle or to protect certain components are static components. This includes functional covers such as battery covers, engine covers, charging technology components and optical covers. These static components are often exposed to very different weather conditions and have to withstand them tirelessly without losing their technical properties. New plastic composites, also in combination with graphite, glass fiber, carbon fiber, offer higher load limits with regard to "UV radiation", "chemicals and liquids", "mechanical loads" and "breaking strength", which increase the service life of covers. High-quality covers not only have to be replaced less often, they also protect vehicle parts more reliably.
As a leading manufacturer of plastic composites, the Plastmass Group produces semi-finished and finished parts for the mobility of tomorrow. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.