In order to meet the new 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards of 54.5 mfg. set by the Federal Government, automakers will need to be more creative and innovative, because reducing safety to save gas isn’t the answer.
Much of the advance in safety came as a result of increasing the weight of a car with bracing, chassis and bodywork that can absorb an impact. “The industry is already using high-strength steel, aluminum and magnesium to cut weight and boost fuel efficiency in future vehicles to meet 2016 CAFE standards that call for an average fuel economy of 35.5 mpg,” says a Reuter’s news report.
Automakers are looking for new materials and techniques to make car safe, but much lighter. FlexForm Technologies is answering the call for lighter weight materials that meet or surpass the performance requirements of the automotive industry. FlexForm natural fiber composites are economical, light-weight and easy to process. Natural fiber composites are on average 25% stronger than wood. Current applications include door panels, package trays, seat backs, trunk liners, and pillars, to name a few.
For further information regarding the use of natural fiber in a vehicle, to reduce weight, please visit www.FlexFormTech.com to learn about molding the future with natural fiber composites