August 14, 2020

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Carbon fiber, Alcantara, cobalt or lit. Car manufacturers have a growing problem.

Carbon fiber

The lack of availability of goods or raw materials may be due to various reasons, but in the automotive industry it always turns out to be financially painful.

The more advanced the constructions, the more sophisticated the materials, the more difficult they are. More manufacturers are convinced of this.

As reported by Corvetteblogger, Chevrolet has stopped selling its special carbon fiber package. Unofficially, it is said that this is only due to a quality control problem, but the portal says the supplier is unable to fulfil the order.
What’s more, the option has also been withdrawn from the sports car configurator. Customers who have previously ordered the option for $4850, they were informed that the item was removed from their configuration. Fortunately, some will receive the coveted assembly from the warehouse inventory, which has been delivered to the factory so far.
Problems with the delivery of components made of special materials are not uncommon. Less than 2 years ago, Motortrend informed about problems with the implementation of the Alcantara finish. However, in this case it resulted from too many willing and growing demand.
Corvette carbon fiber edition
Corvette carbon fiber edition
What’s more, the producer of the material from Milan, Andrea Boragno, said that he must reject about 20 percent. orders that flow into the company. The solution turns out to be a bit simpler, because it plans to double the production of material by 2023, investing 300 million euros.
This is in harmony with nature, because as he ensures, no animal is killed during the production of Alcantara. What’s more, the material was identified as environmentally neutral in terms of CO2 emissions a few years ago.

Electric cars manufacturers buying all stock

Speaking of problems with raw materials and their delivery, you can not fail to mention electric cars. By exposing some aspects of their production, and in some cases also their use, it may turn out that they largely harm the environment.
As forecast by the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), global demand for non-ferrous metals (including aluminium, cobalt, copper, zinc) will increase from the current 7 to 19 gigatons annually by 2060.
We should expect huge demand for copper in the coming years. According to research by the International Cooper Association, by 2027 over 100,000 will be used. tons of this element only to build about 40 million charging points. In addition, an average of about 60 kg of this raw material is used to build an electric car, while when building a combustion vehicle, this average is about 20 kg.
Cobalt and lithium are also necessary for the production of batteries. However, there are some problems associated with both mining. In both cases, situations where the extraction of elements in Africa in dangerous conditions with help of children.