Thursday 17 December 2020

Polymer Material Selection for Electric Vehicles (xEVs) - Introduction to New Online Course


Electrification of vehicles, in particular of private cars, gained momentum in 2020. All major car makers are rolling out their electric vehicle programs. In 2020, the European average CO2 emission target for new fleet cars will be 95 g CO2/km. From 2012 to 2019, the reduction target was 130 g CO2/km. The main driver for this is the regulation (EC) 443/2009.

Electric Vehicles (EVs) offer several advantages such as emission free driving, sourcing of energy in a renewable way, less car parts and reduced maintenance, together with decreased noise polution. This is the overall macro level.

Looking at the micro level, EVs face some roadblocks. One of them being materials. Currently, it is challenging to find the optimal polymers for electric car applications. There are 100 base polymer families which result in 20,000 grades offered by over 500 different suppliers. This is even for a polymer expert a challenge. 

Furthermore, 45% of plasticpart failures are linked to material misselection and poor specification. This was found out in the study of Mr. Wright [1].

Allover, this cannot remain unsolved. Thus I took this as a motivation to create a new online course to provide support in the polymer material selection for EV applications.

New online course

Polymer Material Selection for Electric Vehicles is the name of my new online course, which can be found on Thinkific.

In 42 lessons, split over seven modules I will show you: 

- Why proper material selection is important (Module 1)

- How electric cars work and the main EV architectures (Module 2)

- What are the polymer material requirements, technologies and applications (Module 3)

- The use of commodity polymers, engineering polymers, and high performance polymers for EV applications (Module 4-6)

- How to compare different materials and applications (Module 7)

During the training, we discuss suitable materials from all major material suppliers. This supports you to cut down on the time for finding suitable polymer compounds for evaluation. Time is crucial and development lead time of projects becomes shorter and shorter.

How can I get started?

There is a free preview of different modules available upon registration on the Thinkific platform. This allows you to become familiar with the training system. You can also watch the introduction videos of the different modules.

Altogether, this training course helps you to sort out through the plastics grade jungle and choose the optimal polymer compound for your application.

Let’s do it! - start your training now! 

Additionaly, I made an introduction video which you can watch here:

Thanks and #findoutaboutplastics


Herwig Juster 

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[1] David Wright, Failure of Plastics and Rubber, 2001, Rapra Technology Ltd.

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