This week, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas, attendees will have the opportunity to see a wide range of new innovations that feature composite materials. One of the most anticipated vehicles set to debut at the show is the Fisker “EMotion” – an electric vehicle with a body structure made of carbon fiber composites and aluminum.
Fisker says that the composite structure exceeds current safety standards, while its light carbon fiber and aluminum wheels reduce rotational mass by 40 percent. Back in June, we reported that in addition to its composite structure, the EMotion would feature a unique battery system that would incorporate graphene. However, since then, the joint venture Fisker created with Nanotech Energy to create the batteries has been dissolved.
The EMotion, which is expected to hit the market in 2019, is said to have a 400-mile range and a top speed of 161 mph. Additionally, the founder says the car will be autonomous-capable and able to connect to the environment around it. Lidar sensors are mounted in front to assist in 3-D mapping and identifying objects.
Another company in the electric vehicle space, Workhorse Group, will also show its latest models. Last year, Workhorse debuted its W-15: the automotive industry’s first electric pickup truck built from the ground up. The bed and entire truck body are made from CFRP, which Workhorse says keeps the overall weight of the vehicle under 5,000 lbs. In November 2017, Workhorse unveiled its N-Gen electric van. Like the W-15, the N-Gen features a lightweight composite body. Workhorse says the N-Gen has an anticipated range of 100 miles on a single charge. Both the W-15 and N-Gen, as well as the company’s composite-intensive SureFly Personal Helicopter, will be on display at CES.
In addition to electric vehicles, a wide range of 3-D printing innovations are also expected to draw attention at the show. CRP USA intends to show its Tubesat-POD (TuPOD, for short) – the first fully 3-D printed satellite launched from International Space Station, which returned to Earth last month. The TuPOD was 3-D printed from CRP USA’s Windform® XT 2.0 carbon reinforced composite material.
CRP USA will also use the show for the U.S. premiere of its Tundra-M – the functional prototype of Hexadrone’s first fully modular and easy-to-use drone for industrial and multi-purpose tasks. The drone is said to be made for extreme weather conditions due to rugged, waterproof design. In addition to the drone, visitors to CRP USA’s booth will get a chance to see Formula SAE steering wheel developed by UVic Formula Motorsport. Like the TuPOD, both the drone and steering wheel were manufactured with Windform® XT 2.0.