WASHINGTON May 24, 2012 Plastics Make it Possible ® Plastics Speedway
Plastics Speedway Steve Russell Plastics Make it Possible ®
For example, experts estimate that plastics make up 50 percent of today’s automobiles by volume—but only 10 percent by weight. "Replacing traditional materials with plastics has contributed significantly to lightweighting, which minimizes the load on the car engine, so it needs less fuel," Russell continued. "That’s good news for your wallet and for the environment."
Since the 1950s, when plastics were used to make sport cars lighter and more agile, plastics have played a growing role in overall vehicle design. Because of their strength and versatility, plastics are used extensively in safety features that car owners depend on, such as seatbelts, airbags, and crumple zones. And today’s vehicles take advantage of advanced plastics with special properties—such as lightweight, shatter-resistant polycarbonate—to contribute to fuel economy, safety, and innovative design.
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