Graphene possesses a unique combination of properties – it is the thinnest, strongest, and lightest compound known to man. Today graphene is being used within several application areas such as electronics, paint, and sports equipment, to name a few. Another end-user industry for graphene is automobiles. By adding a small amount of graphene many vehicle components can be dramatically improved.
We have compiled a list of the most interesting and promising graphene application areas of cars!
Graphene can be used in batteries and other energy storage devices such as supercapacitors. Graphene increases capacity and reduces weight, thus have a significant impact on driving range. 2D fab is currently developing a graphene-nano silicon anode material for lithium-ion batteries. Want to know how it works? Check out our animation here!
Graphene has excellent thermal conductivity and can therefore be used to protect parts under the hood from overheating.
Windshields containing graphene repel water and dirt much better than untreated windscreens. In addition, a thin invisible layer of graphene can heat the windshields in winter and dissipate heat in summer.
As an additive in plastic parts such as bumpers, graphene can add both mechanical strength and flexibility. Graphene enables lightweight components that can withstand high mechanical loads.
By using graphene, you can avoid costly rust attacks on the car’s sheet metal parts. Mixing small amounts of graphene into the car’s paintwork considerably improves corrosion resistance. Car paint containing graphene can also be used to keep the car cool during summer and ice-free during winter.
Sound insulating components containing graphene show a better sound attenuation compared to conventional materials. An addition of 0.5% graphene improves the sound attenuation by almost 20%. The mechanical durability of the material is also improved by 20%.
Graphene can be used in several different sensors, increasing the safety and efficiency of cars. For example, graphene-based sensors can be used to monitor the driver’s health and alert if the person should stop driving. Graphene could also be used in different types of distance sensors.