24 April 2018
24 April 2018
Zoltek and electric vehicle maker Uniti have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The agreement, which takes effect immediately, outlines a partnership between Zoltek and Uniti in which Zoltek will be the preferred supplier of carbon fibre for Uniti’s line of electric cars.
Zoltek reports that Uniti has already received thousands of pre-orders for its Uniti One vehicle which will feature an all-carbon fibre body made with approximately 20 kg of Zoltek PX35 50K carbon fibre. This memorandum secures carbon fibre supply for Uniti as demand for its vehicles increases.
“It was important for us to develop a partnership with a carbon fibre supplier with the proven ability to increase production to help us grow our business,” states Anton Franzén, CTO of Uniti.
Use of Zoltek PX35 carbon fibre to replace a conventional metal design is said to have resulted in a vehicle that is lightweight while maintaining superior mechanical properties, all without the high price of typical advanced materials.
“Uniti has developed a truly unique vehicle that is changing the automotive industry,” says David Purcell, Zoltek’s Executive Vice President of Composite Intermediates and Oxidised Fibre. “We welcome their partnership and are happy that they recognised Zoltek as the logical choice for a carbon fibre partner as they scale up. This further validates Zoltek’s business model of stable, predictable pricing and guaranteed supply, and should alleviate any concerns in the supply of carbon fibre as Uniti plans for significant growth in the coming years.”
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has announced the Phase I completion of a project led by DuPont, partnering with Fibrtec and Purdue University, focused on the creation of a new carbon fibre composite manufacturing process that exhibits improved fabric formability characteristics compared to traditional woven materials.
Powertrains, be they conventional, hybrid or fully electric, will need to be light in weight if carmakers are to meet the stringent regulations on carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) to come into force in 2025 – and composites will be key to making this happen. This was the message highlighted at the Lightweight Composite Solutions Conference organised by Vyncolit and Sumitomo Bakelite Co Ltd and held in Gent, Belgium.
At SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit its advanced nonwovens, including the Tecnofire fire protection range, nano-coated materials and coated materials and Optiveil lightweight veils which aid surface finish and composite fabrication.