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China: Chinese electric car employs extensive plastics for lightweighting

The Chinese-built Roewe E50 electric vehicle was in the spotlight at the recent Shanghai International Industry Fair 2011 on Shanghai Motor’s booth, underscoring the benefits of lightweight design solutions from Evonik Industries (Essen, Germany).

The lithium ion battery-powered E50 uses several lightweight materials from Evonik for various applications to support reduced energy consumption and lower emissions, such as Plexiglas acrylic resin for the side screens, rear window and rear lamp, and Rohacell polymethacrylimide (PMI) rigid closed cell foam and an epoxy resin formulation based on Vestamin hardener technology for the engine hood.

“We are proud to have played a part in providing Shanghai Motor’s first electric car with our lightweight and environmentally progressive plastic solutions,” said Xu Hang, Evonik’s Project Head of Lightweight Design in China.
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