Electric & Autonomous

Plastic is the perfect solution for electric and autonomous vehicles.

Reduce the weight without loss of performance.

Plastics driving growth in these new trends.
Electric & Autonomous lightweight vehicles

Electric & Autonomous

We can meet your demands and provide lightweight solutions.

Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles are the most significant changes in the auto industry over the last 100 years.  Metal-to-plastic conversion is at the top of every OEM’s list as they search for lightweighting solutions.

Let PTI show you how plastic can make it possible. For over 35 years we have been a supplier for plastic injection molding to the automobile industry. As a diversified industry supplier, we have worked with the defense industry as they have turned to plastic for a lightweight solution.

We have the experience, the workforce, and the material knowledge that will be necessary when assigning your electric vehicle projects.

Why plastics?

Cost – Injection molded plastic components are less expensive to produce than metal components. 

  • Plastic usually weighs substantially less than metal, which can result in savings in several ways
  • For many applications product life span is longer than many metals
  • Plastic can be produced in color, eliminating secondary operations such as painting
  • Reduces shipping cost

Weight Reduction – Weight reduction is the primary reason OEM’s choose plastic over metal. 

  • Plastic decreases overall vehicle weight to overcome the battery and electric motor weight
  • Reduced weight requires less power 

Noise Reduction – Interior noise is typically one of the highest warranty items on vehicles. OEM’s are pressured to reduce noise at the component and interior levels throughout the life span of the vehicle’s program, launch, and years of production. 

  • Plastic offers several material selections to dampen noise/change frequency where contact of other components is present. (i.e. the use of Hytrel® vs acetal resin.
  • Soft touch over-mold application can be utilized
  • Molded noise shield/diverter options

Highly Engineered Resins – New polymer technology is changing daily. 

  • Plastic additives can aid in heat insulation 
  • Resins with antibacterial and odor-control additives
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane provides durable and scratch-resistant surfaces
  • With the need to be “Green” the drive for renewable and recycled material will be in demand

Strength and Safety – Technology and good design practices have improved the tensile strength in plastics as compared to metals, such as aluminum and steel.  

  • Certain plastics can now be engineered to offer some of the same protective qualities as metals
  • Some plastics offer qualities that absorb rather than transfer the impact to humans during a collision 
  • The use of plastics in seatbelts, crumple zones, windows & mirrors, and fillers is making modern vehicles safe today