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Yamaha Sports Ride: Carbon-Fiber Structure From Designer Gordon Murray

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Tokyo Motor Show Carbon Fiber Gordon Murray Gordon Murray Design YamahaWhen it comes to car design, Gordon Murray has had a highly varied career. He designed the McLaren F1 supercar, as well as the lightweight Rocket single-seat sports car and numerous race cars. DON'T MISS: Tokyo Motor.

Carbon Fiber Wheels Proposed To Cut Weight, Boost Efficiency

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Carbon fiber Heaviness is a quality undesirable for fuel efficiency.

Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns. Fuel Efficiency Materials Weight reduction

ORNL team develops laser process for lower cost, more robust joining of carbon fiber and aluminum

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The results are most encouraging, enabling the automated processing of a multi-material carbon fiber-aluminum joint. Adrian Sabau.

BMW Says It Will Triple Production Of Carbon Fiber For Electric Cars

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Carbon fiber is still a fairly exotic material in the automotive industry, but it is likely to become more common--and perhaps faster than expected. BMW said last Friday that it will triple production of carbon fiber at its facility in Moses Lake, Washington, to use in its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) body shells.

Nissan R&D Chief: Carbon Fiber Is Good For Planes, Not Cars

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Meanwhile, the somewhat more expensive BMW i3 takes a radically different approach to materials and construction; from its carbon-fiber-reinforced Nissan has put a lot of investment into the battery and all-electric powertrain technology in its all-electric Leaf.

BMW i5 to have range extender, use carbon-fiber body: product chief

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Among the three German luxury brands, BMW was first out of the gate to build and sell a battery-electric car in volume. Its unusual and technically advanced i3 small hatchback, offered with an optional two-cylinder range-extending engine, makes up the bulk of its "i" sub-brand sales, joined by the sexy and expensive i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe.

BMW i3 Tear-Down Videos Show Electric Car's Radical Design

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Videos Batteries Carbon Fiber plug-in cars youtubeOf course, there's more to the i3 than can be summarized.

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Could Renewable Bamboo Be As Strong As Carbon Fiber For Lightweight Cars?

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Carbon fiber now appears poised to enter the mainstream of automotive materials, but a less high-tech material could be waiting in the wings as well. Bamboo could be the next carbon fiber, according to a new article on BBC Autos (only visible in U.S., apparently).

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ThyssenKrupp and Maxion Wheels to cooperate to develop aluminum and carbon fiber hybrid wheels

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The ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components – Maxion Wheels team will work with OEMs to develop custom solutions to meet their specific needs. Maxion Wheels and ThyssenKrupp Carbon Components will continue to enhance the value proposition of the lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber hybrid wheels. Brief

Next BMW 7-Series To Use 'Carbon Core' Based on i3 Electric Car Body

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Not the least of it are body shells made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) mounted atop an aluminum rolling platform carrying the powertrains and crash structures. Body Carbon Fiber CFRP weight reduction BMW has said that in due course, the plug-in cars'' advanced.

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BMW and SGL to triple production capacity at Moses Lake carbon fiber plant with $200M expansion; world’s largest carbon fiber plant

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A production line for carbon fiber takes the PAN precursor through two stages (stabilization/oxidation and carbonization) and then to winding. The site expansion, scheduled to be completed by early 2015, will make the plant in Moses Lake the world’s largest carbon fiber plant. 3,000 tons of carbon fiber.

Wheels Combine Carbon, Aluminum For Strength, Lighter Weight

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It seems carbon fiber is starting to show up everywhere in cars to cut weight, with wheels being one of the latest examples. There are already some aftermarket carbon-fiber wheels available, but now Ford will offer them as standard equipment on its sportiest new Mustang model--the Shelby GT350R.

Audi testing carbon-fiber exoskeleton “chairless chair” for assembly workers at Neckarsulm

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The carbon-fiber exoskeleton allows employees to sit without a chair. fiber?reinforced Two leather?covered kilograms. Brief

2016 BMW 740e Plug-In Hybrid: Fifth Electric Car From German Maker

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Plug-In Hybrids Carbon FiberThe 2016 BMW 7-Series has now been announced, and among the dizzying array of models and trim packages is a plug-in hybrid version. That makes the awkwardly-named 2016 BMW 740e xDrive the fifth plug-in car from the Bavarian company.

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Mid-Size Truck Demand, Drive Electric Week, Carbon Fiber Wheels: Today's Car News

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Dealer orders indicate demand for smaller pickup trucks may be greater than carmakers anticipated, National Drive Electric Week will sing the praises of electric cars beginning next Monday, and carbon fiber wheels show promise as a way to improve efficiency. We start the week with a wide variety of topics.

ORNL exclusively licenses plasma processing technology for carbon fiber production to RMX Technologies; 75% less energy, 20% lower cost

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Oxidation is the most time-consuming phase of the multistep carbon fiber conversion process. Overview of carbon fiber production.

GM and Teijin to co-develop carbon fiber composite technologies for potential high-volume use in GM vehicles

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General Motors and Teijin Limited., a leader in the carbon fiber and composites industry, will co-develop advanced carbon fiber composite technologies for potential high-volume use globally in GM cars, trucks and crossovers. This time factor has limited the use of carbon fiber in high-volume vehicles.

BMW-Toyota Pact: Hybrids, Fuel Cells, Carbon Fiber--And A Sports Car Too

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On Thursday, we brought you news that BMW was planning to ditch its partnership with GM to develop fuel cell vehicles, for Japanese rival Toyota. That news has now been confirmed, with a joint press conference on Friday heralding the start of BMW and Toyota's partnership. The automakers' Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) includes plans for joint

Ultra-Efficient BMW Four-Seat Plug-In Hybrid For Research Only, Not Sales: Report

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Plug-In Hybrids Carbon Fiber Prototype research CFRP plug-in cars Volkswagen XL1 Range ExtendingThe limited-production Volkswagen XL1 ultra-economy two-seater gets astounding fuel efficiency from its two-cylinder diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain. tests).

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Lamborghini inaugurates new Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory carbon fiber research center in Seattle

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The grand opening of the new ACSL also marks the 30th anniversary of Lamborghini’s use of carbon fiber reinforced polymer in its vehicles.

2017 Chevy Sonic EV Details, FedEx Tests Electric Trucks, Cheaper Carbon Fiber: Today's Car News

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We''ve got more details on the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic EV, FedEx tests 25 Wrightspeed range-extended electric vans, and BMW-backed research could lead to much cheaper carbon fiber to be used in a wider variety of cars. Lots of electric-car news today. All this and more on Green Car Reports.

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Ford displays prototype Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic hood

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At the Composites Europe event in Dusseldorf, Ford Motor Company displayed a prototype carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) hood. Carbon fiber offers a very high strength-to-weight ratio; it is up to five times as strong as steel, twice as stiff, and one-third the weight. Prototype CFRP hood. Click to enlarge.

DOE to award up to $12M for technologies to produce renewable carbon fiber from biomass

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award ( DE-FOA-0000996 ) up to $12 million in funding to advance the development of a cost-competitive pathway to produce high-performance carbon fiber for vehicle lightweighting from renewable non-food biomass. Prior attempts to produce renewable carbon fiber have focused on converting lignin.

Gurit wins multi-annual automotive supply contract for carbon fiber body panels

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Gurit, a worldwide developer and manufacturer of advanced composites and technologies, has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber based automotive body panels at a total contract value of more than CHF 30 million (US$34.2 Gurit has been supplying carbon fiber based Class-A car body panels to leading OEMs since 2007.

Mitsubishi Rayon acquires majority of carbon fiber reinforced plastics company Wethje; targeting auto industry

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MRC) recently executed a share sales and purchase agreement by which it will acquire 51% of Wethje Holding GmbH , a German company engaged in manufacturing of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) parts for automobile applications, from Wethje parent Cross Industries AG. Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Brief

Ford and Dow partner to research use of advanced carbon fiber composities in high-volume vehicles

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Ford Motor Company is partnering with Dow Automotive Systems, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, to research the use of advanced carbon fiber composites in high-volume vehicles. Carbon fiber composites have been used in aerospace and racing cars for decades due to their unique combination of high strength and low mass.

Lux: carbon fiber to go mainstream in automobiles by 2025

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Driven by a faster-than-expected pace of technology development, carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRPs) will be poised to gain widespread adoption for automotive lightweighting by 2025, according to a new report from Lux Research, “Scaling Up Carbon Fiber: Roadmap to Automotive Adoption.”. Earlier post.)

ORNL seeking US manufacturers to license new carbon fiber process; reduces cost up to 50% and energy up to 60%

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a production method they estimate will reduce the cost of carbon fiber as much as 50% and the energy used in its production by more than 60%. ORNL will accept license applications for this low-cost carbon fiber process through May 15.

BMW To Use Carbon Fiber In Next 7-Series Luxury Car

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Not too long ago Mercedes-Benz announced they would be making a carbon-fiber derivative of the next E-Class sedan, and now BMW has also announced it will use the material in its future models.

Researchers suggest hybrid graphene oxide/cellulose microfibers could supersede carbon fibers

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—Li et al. (a) Schematic of a GO–NFC hybrid microfiber consisting of aligned GO nanosheets and NFC fibers along the microfiber direction.

Hexcel to invest $250M in new carbon fiber plant in France; capacity expansions at nearby weaving and prepreg facilities

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Hexcel Corporation will invest $250 million in the construction of a carbon fiber plant in Roussilon, France. The new carbon fiber facility will occupy a 37-acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon and will incorporate both polymerization and carbonization lines. Brief

Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

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BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber. First, the raw feedstock to make carbon fibers–just call it a “polacrylonitrile-based precursor&# –is made in Japan by a joint venture between SGL and Mitsubishi Rayon and flown to the U.S. 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE. April 7th, 2010.

Teijin begins operations at carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic plant; targeting components for mass-produced vehicles

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Teijin Limited began operating a pilot plant for the fully integrated production of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) components from carbon fiber on the premises of its Matsuyama Factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. billion) for carbon fiber composite products by around 2020. Earlier post.).

An Even Minier MINI: Tiny 3-Cylinder Carbon-Fiber Car In 2014

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If you, like us, think the modern-day MINIs are simply getting too big to be called a mini, then never fear as the automaker is reportedly set to launch its smallest model yet. MINI showed off a new concept car the recent 2011 Geneva Motor Show called the Rocketman, which is probably the closest we’ll ever get to a modern-day version of the

SGL Group inaugurates carbon fiber precursor line in Portugal

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SGL Group has inaugurated the production line for carbon-fiber precursor at its FISIPE site in Lavradio, near Lisbon in Portugal. Precursor is a polymer-based fiber which is used as the main raw material for the production of carbon fibers. Brief

Dow and AKSA forming JV for carbon fiber and derivatives; up to $1B investment in project within 5 years

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signed a definitive agreement to form a joint venture to manufacture and commercialize carbon fiber and derivatives. The joint venture will develop and globally market a broad range of products and technical service support in the rapidly expanding carbon-fiber based composites industry. AKSA Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.?.

Daimler And Japan's Toray Form Carbon Fiber Joint Venture

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Carbon fiber is seen by many in the auto industry as one of the most effective ways of reducing vehicle weight and thus improving fuel economy and emissions levels, but the relative expense of the material means that it’s still reserved for only a handful of high-end production cars.

LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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For the wind power industry, carbon fiber can be used to make turbine blades lighter and stiffer, thereby increasing the efficiency of the system.

Danish startup produces carbon-fiber lightweight chassis

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ECOmove calls its carbon-fiber technology Qstrung. The first unit has already been shipped to a company in Germany. Click to enlarge.