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Hyundai To Use Carbon Fiber In Its EVs For Improved Performance

The Korean auto giant joins hands with Toray Industries, Inc. to develop advanced materials for a new era of mobility.

The future Hyundai EVs stand to benefit from advanced materials including carbon fiber, for enhanced performance. Hyundai Motor Company has relentlessly been working toward embracing all facets of electric mobility. This includes sustainability, racing, affordability, technology, connectivity and now material science. The aim of the Korean car marque is clear, “Hyundai Motor Group aims to leverage this strategic partnership to strengthen its position as a global leader in mobility solutions”, says Chang Song, Hyundai’s President.

Hyundai to team up with Toray Industries to use carbon fiber in its future EVs
Hyundai to team up with Toray Industries to use carbon fiber in its future EVs

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Future Hyundai EVs To Use Carbon Fiber

As per the official press release from Hyundai, the Korean auto giant has signed an agreement for strategic cooperation with Toray Industries, Inc., a pioneer in carbon fiber and composite material technology, to advance material innovation for a new era of mobility. For the unversed, Toray Industries are experts in fibers and textiles, performance chemicals, carbon fiber composite materials, environmental engineering and life science.

This partnership is crucial for Hyundai Motor Group’s future mobility strategy. Hyundai is adopting a comprehensive approach by pursuing fundamental advancements in material technology, in addition to electrification and software-defined vehicles (SDVs). President Chang Song concluded by saying, “By combining our automotive expertise with Toray Group’s material technology prowess, we aim to become the first mover and gain a competitive edge in the global market.”

Toray Industries

Toray Group is the global leader in carbon fiber which is a key material in automotive and aviation. The prime qualities of carbon fiber, as many of you would already be aware of, include lightweight, high strength, and heat resistance properties. Toray Industries President, Mitsuo Ohya remarked, “Toray Industries has developed innovative technology and materials focusing on electrification and sustainability to address the needs of customers in the constantly evolving automotive industry. We are happy to partner with Hyundai Motor Group to continue this innovation.”

Among other key alliances of Toray Industries are with a California-based Joby Aviation. As a part of this partnership, Joby Aviation will utilize carbon fiber from Toray Industries to create its upcoming all-electric air taxi. In addition to that, the other prominent partnership is with Lilium. It is a German aerospace firm. In this case, the carbon fiber composite will be used on its fully electric five-seater jet.

The Lilium Jet is an emissions-free aircraft that can take off and land vertically. It is designed to provide high-speed regional connections of up to 300 km in under 60 minutes. The aircraft’s primary structures, such as the fuselage, wings and flaps will all be made from carbon fiber.

Hyundai IONIQ 5 N Front Three Quarters
Hyundai IONIQ 5 N Front Three Quarters

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Hyundai Motor Group is working in all directions to capitalize on every major technological breakthrough to ensure that its future EVs are much superior to their already impressive electric cars. Using lightweight materials will certainly boost range and performance. In fact, you must already know that supercars have been using carbon fiber elements for decades now. Reduction in weight always boosts the efficiency of automobiles.

Hyundai aims to bring that aspect to its EVs, hopefully at a much more affordable price point. We also know that Hyundai has been creating the racing EVs after the Ioniq 5 N. Hence, it already offers re-tuned versions of its existing EVs. If it starts using carbon fiber elements, the regular EVs will get even more efficient. I shall keep an eye out for further developments in this regard as they unfold.

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