At the FSK’s recent meeting ways in which PU helps car makers in the move to e-mobility were laid out.
By Liz White
Europe’s automotive manufacturers are under tough pressure: they need to keep cutting CO2 emissions, and at a faster rate than at present. They need to develop more viable electrically powered vehicles. And they are facing a market with slow growth and potential competition from models made in India and China in the not too distant future.
Experts from the automotive sector posed these challenges to an audience of polyurethane experts at the 6-7 Oct 2011 meeting of the FSK, the German association for makers of foamed plastic and polyurethane.
FSK’s meeting was held at the AutoUniv site in Wolfsburg, Germany, of Volkswagen AG, a recent addition to the group’s membership.
Electric vehicles are being forced on the world by the demands of climate change and the corresponding need to cut emissions, said Dr Lars Hoffman, head of technology for VW’s E-Traction business.
To meet the EU’s aim of CO2 emission levels of 20g/km per car by 2050 is a huge leap from the current average of 188 g/km.
Conventional drive technologies cannot achieve “the drastic goal of limiting global warming to 2°C by the year 2050 — the gap will only be closed with e-mobility,” Hoffman said.
Another important factor is that non-renewable energy resources are not available forever, Hoffmann stressed, noting that forecasts say “we are past the peak…