Electromobility Covestro Focuses on Polycarbonate Plastics for Electric Vehicles
At the Fakuma fair 2018, Covestro aims at exhibiting numerous fire proof battery modules, cell holders, crash absorbers and other products that are manufactured from polycarbonate plastics. All these components prove advantageous in electric as well as hybrid cars.
Covestro works around high-tech polymer materials and is also one of the leading suppliers of this material around the world. Used across numerous industries such as automobiles, construction or electronics the firm is constantly working towards developing sustainable and innovative solutions for its global audience. For instance, this year, the company has plans to highlight the use of polycarbonate plastics in electric vehicles and hence will be demonstrating the concept at the upcoming international trade fair for plastics processing, Fakuma 2018.
Covestro aims at displaying diverse fire proof battery modules, cell holders, crash absorbers and other products created from polycarbonate plastics that are used in electric and hybrid cars. All the specialised products are extremely impact-resistant over a wide temperature range – especially at sub-zero temperatures.
Cell Holders and Battery Modules
Covestro introduces a flame-retardant and temperature-resistant polycarbonate ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) blend of the Bayblend FR type. This material proves ideal for producing cell holders and battery modules. With the assistance of the polycarbonate which is also dimensionally stable, parts can be efficiently produced with the injection molding process. The plastic is also used in mobile GreenPack rechargeable batteries from the Berlin-based manufacturer of the same name.
At Fakuma, another interesting innovation that will be exhibited is the crash absorber. The product is created by PC-PBT (polybutylene-terephthalate) Makroblend KU-2 7912/4, which possesses high impact strength and offers high ductility even at low temperatures. The honeycomb structure contributes to the extreme impact resistance of the crash absorber. In addition to this, Covestro will also be introducing the highly filled polycarbonates material of the Makrolon TC product family. This material is thermally conductive and is also available in electrically insulating versions so that it can contribute to the efficient thermal management of batteries.
Specialised Battery Packs
In today’s age, if we speak about off-road motorcycles then the trend towards electric drive is on the rise. For instance, Californian electric bike specialist Alta Motors is a leading manufacturer of electric motorcycles. The company has also incorporated a battery under the name Alta Pack. The unique feature of this battery is that it is equipped with a jacket made of the extremely impact-resistant PC-PBT blend Makroblend by Covestro.
At the Fakuma 2018 trade fair, Covestro will present various battery modules, cell holders, crash absorbers and other products at its stand number 4206 in Hall B4.
This article was first published in Maschinenmarkt International.