Since car manufacturers are now using new materials for the bodies of their vehicles, there have been rumors going around that these new materials tend to make people more vulnerable when behind the wheel. Cars are now using carbon fiber composites (which I personally believe is the future). This material is just as strong as steel and has the added benefit of being light weight.
Why carbon fiber?
Another benefit that comes with carbon fiber is that it tends to be cost effective on fuel. Clearly noted, this type of change may be very good for the environment. I have a feeling that people will be much safer if they have the opportunity to ditch their steel bodied vehicles and switch to carbon fiber. Carbon fiber actually has the potential to reduce weight by 40% when compared to its predecessor, steel. Image two cars made of nerf and collide, how much of an impact do you expect? Now imagine one of those cars is comprised of steel, I rest my case.
Why don’t all cars use carbon fiber?
Normally when you have carbon fiber you’re thinking of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. That is because this is a material that is quite expensive because the cost of making it is very high. If you go back 10 years ago, carbon fiber actually cost $150 per pound. The price of this miraculous material has now gone to $10 a pound. Just so you know, steel cost less than the dollar per pound. Now, if carbon fiber is able to drop below five dollars per pound, then we really have a chance for improvement.
Since we are living in a time where the price of oil is constantly rising, we will only find ourselves moving towards lighter and much smaller vehicles. This is good because there are actually vehicles out there that are possibly made of steel and carry an enormous amount of weight.
One day, I was driving with family and we were driving a Volvo. We had a green light and someone decided to make a left turn and we ran right into them. The family member that was sitting in the passenger seat ended up having to go to the hospital with serious injuries. The one thing that we thought was the giant Cadillac SUV that hit us had minor damages – while our vehicle was crushed like a sardines in a can.
The best part about automobile companies is that they all are in an oligopoly, so that means that they are all fighting to improve their product at a fast rate. Each company is putting more and more funding into their research for a brighter future. I certainly hope that these companies find a way to improve our way of life.