Materials That Turn Car Body Parts Into Batteries

Posted on June 24, 2012. Filed under: automotive, materials science, research & development | Tags: , |

Sharing abstracts from the Polymer Library … “Polymers in Automotive Fuel Efficiency” is the theme for the June 2012 set of abstracts from the Smithers Rapra Polymer Library.

I enjoy browing the short set of abstacts each month, and this month I was especially intrigued by an abstract titled “Surface Charge”.  It describes research into replacing vehicle batteries and other components with structural energy materials, which could yield weight savings of more than 50%.  If it pans out, it “should provide a way for the battery to add to the car’s strength instead of creating extra weight.”  One of the first prototype vehicles is the Lola-Drayson B12/69EV electric racing car demonstrator.

 I don’t ever expect to be driving anything like this (do you?) but if the technology can be brought to commercial production, it could certainly provide a boost to the desirability of electric vehicles.    One more option in the quest for lighter, more efficient batteries.


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