Light Weight Lighting – Can Composites contribute?
Themes: New Mobility/ Transportation
Sponsor: SAERTEX GmbH & Co. KG
Automotive OEMs have realized that electrification is not the only answer to meeting CO2 fleet targets for passenger vehicles and thus avoiding high penalties.
Ford Motor Company – car manufacturer & mobility supplier with a high turn-over and a wide portfolio (from Fiesta to Navigator and F150) – and also other OEMs seek to earn bonus credits to such targets with “Eco Innovations” granted by the European Commission. One of these is exterior lighting equipped with LED light sources replacing conventional incandescent or halogen bulbs to decrease wattage and therefore fuel consumption that shall enable at least 1g CO2/km total save.
As this helps avoid penalty costs, quick Full-LED implementation in all passenger vehicle lighting systems is justified, but challenging.
LED lighting systems still come with substantial prices and higher system efficiencies are hardly achievable so that further reduction in LED power consumption would result in either performance or functionality decrease. Therefore, we seek to reduce exterior lighting components' weights as much as possible to make them true Eco Innovations and meet customer expectations.
This creates momentum for innovation and gives unique financing incentives for plastic composites with light-weight fillers in LED lamps that otherwise are too expensive for volume segment vehicles.