DSM Engineering Materials (DSM), a South Korea-based global supplier of high-performance plastics, has announced that it has partnered with Renault to develop a solution to lighten the fuel tanks of hybrid vehicles.
DSM’s Akulon Fuel Lock, a high-performance, low-carbon-footprint PA6 material, is used to develop lightweight solutions for fuel tanks in hybrid vehicles. This material allows the fuel tank to be constructed in a blow-molded, single layer construction, saving weight and cost without sacrificing safety or risking additional emissions.
DSM’s Akulon Fuel Lock material can be used to create the low-permeability, lightweight, single-layer fuel tanks required to meet European Union regulations. European Union regulations set carbon emissions for passenger cars at a maximum of 95g/km, requiring a careful balance of materials and design to maximize fuel efficiency.
According to DSM, Akulon Fuel Lock PA6 grades are designed for injection molding or blow molding and extrusion, making them highly versatile products for rapid design innovation in the e-mobility sector. In fact, the stability of the parison is so high that the wall thickness distribution can be very narrow, providing strong performance at both high and low temperatures, thus ensuring safety.
DSM’s Global Account Manager said: “We want to help more customers reach their sustainability goals. We look forward to it,” he said.