Ford will produce cars from innovative materialOctober 28, 2018
Ford has announced the beginning of the use of a new material in the design of cars, which is lighter and more durable than carbon fiber.
The material in question is in fact not at all new – in 2004, it was invented by two scientists from the University of Manchester, Andrei Geim and Konstantin Novoselov.
It is called graphene.
At present, in spite of the absolutely unique and universal properties of graphene, this material is used infrequently – it is too expensive to manufacture. But, recently, Ford experts have concluded that graphene in small quantities can reduce the cost of producing cars.
It is likely that Ford will become the first automaker to use graphene in the mass production of vehicles to make them lighter, stronger and more economical.
Raphen is an extremely light and strong material – it is about 200 times stronger than steel and 20 times more so than carbon fiber. This material is also incredibly plastic, amenable to any forming and has high conductive properties. However, the cost of graphene exceeds several times the price of steel and carbon fiber.
Therefore, Ford, of course, will not make a car body out of it, but will introduce a small percentage of about 10 overall small but heavy engine elements and vehicle structures into production.