German materials expert Freudenberg SE helps find products and applications its divisions will need 10 years from now through its Freudenberg Technology Innovation unit.
FTI assumes the global auto industry will offer a range of combustion, fuel cell, hybrid and battery powertrains for many years, says Fernando Portela-Cubillo, the group’s technical director. He notes that carmakers have difference approaches for each of these options, which provides a complex but rich array of business opportunities for Freudenberg.
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The engineers at Zenos Cars have combined recycled carbon fiber, drinking straws and aluminum to create a chassis for a low-volume sports car.
While Ford has reset the stakes in the light-duty pickup market with the aluminum-intensive F-150, that’s not the whole story of what they’ve done to this new generation of America’s best-selling vehicle.
Automotive manufacturers are meeting CAFE fuel-efficiency standards through lightweighting, which requires simulation software for design engineers.