23 Feb '15, 11pm

Study: Carbon Fiber Goes Mainstream By 2025

Study: Carbon Fiber Goes Mainstream By 2025

Standing in the way of carbon fiber adoption though are costs, with a single kilogram of the stuff costing between $20 and $28 per kilogram. Compare that to steel, which costs as little as $1 per kilogram for vehicle construction, and there’s a huge disconnect between what’s ideal, and what’s affordable. In other words, don’t expect to be driving around an entirely carbon fiber car by 2025. Instead, I expect many body panels to be made from CFRP parts, but the overall chassis to remain made of steel, which may not be as light but can hardly be beat for malleability and strength in car construction. As Model S owners are finding out, aluminum repairs can be costly.

Full article: http://gas2.org/2015/02/23/study-carbon-fiber-goes-mainst...

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