Since 2008 there has been a renaissance in electric car manufacturing partly as a result of concerns over oil prices, and a desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It is estimated that as of June 2017, there are over 2 million electric cars around the world with brands such as Nissan, BMW and Volkswagen all producing electric plug-in versions.
Increased popularity in Electric Vehicles
Electric Vehicles (EV) are vastly increasing in popularity as a combination of benefits are aimed at the consumer including tax incentives, as well as increased speed and distance capabilities.
In 2015, the UK registered 1.2% of the total share of registrations which was a substantial 392% increase from the previous year.
What are the key drivers?
Sales of EVs are set to continue with prestigious brand Tesla selling almost 213,000 units through December 2017. But what are the key drivers (no pun intended) that are influencing this shift? Reduced running costs, reduced air pollution, tax incentives, increased charging points, car performance improvements, plus value retention are all influencers.
Components and materials are changing for the better too. Previously ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene) plastic has been widely used for elements of the car’s exterior and the electric vehicle plastics market is projected to grow at 27.82% to reach nearly USD 1.5 billion by 2021*. A staggering figure.
As use of ABS plastic is now a tried and tested material, car producers are becoming switched on to use this product for other elements of the car too. With ABS comes a number of significant benefits.
ABS plastic is a co-polymer of Acrylonitrile, Butadiene and Stryene. This winning combination provides material strength and rigidity coupled with the toughness of the polybutadiene rubber. Used in injection moulding this thermoplastic polymer is strong and impact resistant; ideal when considering the needs of a car design.
Sales Director James Ivison helps to explain, ‘ABS is probably the best guarantor in the world to protect and absorb knocks and scrapes. The odd car accident is inevitable, but bumpers made from ABS are built to absorb the shock.
ABS is commonly used in water canoes, golf club heads and Lego bricks. It’s properties made it ideal for use within cars because of its shock absorption capabilities, durability, and chemical resistance.’ He went on, ‘The styling of cars is important to the consumer. The look and feel as well as the driving experience and cost all play a part in the buying decision. ABS can be textured to give styling. It is lower cost than metal and can be recycled. The car components can be literally built in kit form, so panels for instance can be replaced if damaged. ABS offers benefits on so many fronts!’
Supplier of choice
Eagle Plastics are centrally based in Leicester and are rapidly becoming the supplier of choice for the car manufacturing supply chain. Large stock holdings, same day or next day delivery, bespoke non –stock sizes colours and materials are all contributing factors.
Ivison concluded, ‘We understand plastics. It’s our business to. So, meeting with car designers is an absolute pleasure and means that we can be involved and add our expertise from the concept right through to final product. It’s an exciting ABS journey ahead!’
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