By 2050, global transport volume for passengers and goods will double.
More people and more goods needing to move from points A to B will put tremendous strain on our transportation systems worldwide.
The future of transportation is dependent on innovative technologies and materials enabled by chemistry. Today greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation account for about 30 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions, and governments globally are calling for more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Already, technologies enabled by science are making vehicles lighter helping to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. In addition, science is helping make today’s passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and public transportation more reliable, affordable, safer and durable.
Dow products and technologies are addressing the challenge.
BETAMATE™ Structural Adhesives enable bonding of dissimilar materials to enable lightweight vehicles. These adhesives increase stiffness and improve crash performance to help vehicles meet safety and weight reduction goals. Since its introduction, BETAMATE™ Adhesives have contributed an estimated 23.3 billion kilograms of CO2 avoidance and $2.65 billion in gasoline savings for consumers.
Engineered to provide barrier protection against airborne noise, BETAFOAM™ Polyurethane Foams can also provide local reinforcement to body structures for crash and energy management.
ENGAGE™ XLT Polyolefin Elastomers offer opportunities for more effective automotive exterior and interior applications. The benefits include greater stiffness and impact strength, and thinner parts for reduced weight.
Dow’s chemistry is an integral part of XiTRACK™ Geocomposite Technology, which is a polyurethane system that strengthens and stabilizes rail ballast while reducing maintenance in track renewal and upgrade.
UCAR™ Aircraft Deicing and Anti-Icing Fluids assist in removing ice, snow, and frost from the exterior surfaces of aircraft protecting the safety and on-time performance of winter-weather flights.
Sea craft are vulnerable to water-based pests, which reduces efficiency and harms the environment with increased emissions. Dow’s environmental-award winning anti-fouling technologies provide protection to ships without harming the marine environment.
Cutting the weight of new cars and trucks by up to 750 pounds by the end of the decade is a key component of Ford’s strategy to improve fuel efficiency. To meet that goal, Ford Motor Company is partnering with Dow Automotive Systems and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to research the use of advanced carbon fiber composites in high-volume vehicles.
With a grant from the United Soybean Board, Dow Automotive Systems developed an acoustical foam with significant renewable content. Developed under the trade name BETAFOAM™ Renue, the new formulation is now commercially available and is used in Jeep Cherokees, among other vehicles.