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The car of the future has 150 kg more plastic parts, reducing fuel consumption

Future, Injection molded parts, Materials
The car of the future has 150 kg more plastic parts, reducing fuel consumption

Electric, autonomous and connected to the web: that’s what the car of the future looks like. Furthermore, it will contain more plastic, so that it can be lighter, more efficient and emit less exhaust gases. The combustion engine vehicles we know will continue to be used for a long time, but new drives are already taking over the market: electric car sales are growing, as is the number of registered hybrid models. Everything is pointing to us being on the right path of change.

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How much would a car weigh if all of its plastic parts were made from a different material?

Automotive industry, Materials, Plastic foams
How much would a car weigh if all of its plastic parts were made from a different material?

In 2013, Toyota unveiled the conceptual model of the ME.WE car, which was designed based on the “remove everything that is unnecessary” philosophy. Maximum simplification to maximize convenience, reduce costs and minimize the environmental footprint. For this purpose, it was necessary to eliminate all materials traditionally used in the carmaking sector and replace them with lighter and more environment-friendly materials. 

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Europeans are choosing cars with a practical trunk

Trends, Materials, Plastic foams
Europeans are choosing cars with a practical trunk

Studies by analytical firms show that station wagons are the most frequently purchased type of vehicle in Europe. This means that a versatile car trunk is an important criterion when choosing a car in many cases. Strong and light trunk accessories made from innovative, expanded plastics, such as expanded polypropylene (EPP) and polystyrene (EPS), additionally improve the convenience of use of a capacious space.

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