Ford, Dow to Explore Carbon Fiber Use in Vehicles

may 14 2012

Ford Motor Co and Dow Chemical Co have joined hands to develop cost-effective ways of using carbon fiber in high-volume cars and trucks to improve overall fuel economy.

The joint venture with Dow Automotive Systems mean Ford could start using components made from advanced carbon fiber composites in its vehicle lineup before the end of this decade. Dow Automotive is a unit of Dow Chemical.

By 2020, Ford aims to cut between 250 pounds and 750 pounds from its new cars and trucks, partly by using lighter materials. Shedding that weight will reduce the strain on the vehicle's engine, allowing it to wring out more miles per gallon. Lighter materials can also help Ford improve the range of its electric and hybrid vehicles on a single charge.

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