Carbon fiber is a wonderful material. Offering both high strength and low weight, carbon fiber combines two characteristics seemingly at odds with one another to form a very desirable end product, something which is particularly valuable in an automotive application.
“In contrast to a steel body where bending helps the integrated crumple zones to reduce the amount of crash energy that reaches the vehicle’s occupants, carbon fiber dissipates the energy by cracking and shattering,” the automaker explains in a press release.
This is the first time Volvo and Polestar are experimenting with a carbon fiber reinforced polymer body and researching it in real crash scenarios.With this new testing procedure, Polestar explains, the company wants to prepare its cars for the things that are not planned, such as accidents.
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