The subject of lightweight construction is and will remain important for all forms of mobility. “The assumption that, in the case of electric vehicles, the total mass of the vehicle has no influence on the consumption values due to recuperation, i.e. energy recovery during braking, is incorrect, explains Martin Wanders. The 51-year-old is in charge of global application development in High Performance Materials at LANXESS.
“In particular, if you look at the total resource and energy requirements, from the manufacture to the operation of the vehicle, it is of course still important to keep the mass of the vehicle as low as possible. Plastics can make a significant contribution to this.” The transformation from internal combustion engine to electric vehicle is forcing the entire automotive industry to rethink. Plastics are fulfilling increasingly complex tasks in this turnaround.
“The image of the chemist experimenting in his laboratory until he has found a solution is long outdated. Because the development is far too fast to wait for one solution and too complex to have many different approaches,” says Axel Tuchlenski. “We have to be flexible, agile and have the courage to finish projects at an early stage if, for example, customer feedback shows that they are not effective.