Carbon Fiber Doesn’t only Reduce Weight, Acc to Toyota
Toyota Motor Corp. has added further in-house Carbon Fiber production capacity and that’s not just for decreasing the weight or for supercars.
At the time when the global car industry has been wondering if the lightweight carbon fibre has been produced as much that it is affordable from the point of automotive mass production, Toyota has started production of a carbon fibre sheet moulded compound for the liftgate of the Prius Prime PHEV in Japan.
Lexus LC too is using the Carbon Fiber for the deck lid and doors.
The moulded composite allows Toyota for making narrower rear pillars, so the drivers can be provided with an improved sight line. This allows more space within the car.
Toyota is working to find ways that benefit its customers in a way that goes beyond just weight reduction as it focuses on better usability, better utility space and better sight lines.
The use of parts incorporating Carbon Fiber represents a weight reduction of up to 40 to 50 percent overall.
Toyota is working with the material supplier Mitsubishi Chemicals, a SMC process. Mitsubishi uses chopped fibres instead of long fibers, is faster and has been proved to be far easier for Toyota in undertaking in house production for a mass market vehicle.