Chasing Cars: Can Composites Catch Up to Steel?

December 30, 2010 | State of the Market Report

Industries across the globe are rushing to decrease fuel consumption. As a result, automakers are rolling out new electric and hybrid vehicles at unprecedented speeds. A composite revolution helped aerospace cut back, but oddly enough, the same has not happened within the automotive industry. This report surveys the factors promoting and impeding composite adoption, examines composites’ potential to replace steel as the dominant material in our cars, and identifies technologies in development that are poised to change the landscape.

Coverage Area

  • The Future of Mobility

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    The re-energized automotive industry is making headway in composites, but many issues still preclude widespread use.
  • Analysis
    Weight reduction alone is not enough to drive composite adoption. Steel and aluminum will keep their lead, but composites will find a place to play.
  • Outlook