Ford and Dow studying carbon fiber composites in high-volume auto production
Ford Motor Co. is joining forces with Dow Chemical Co. to investigate ways to bring carbon fiber into high-volume auto production. The research will combine the efforts from both companies to focus on ways to use the composite to reduce the weight of cars-- part of the strategy by Dearborn-based Ford to take up to 750 pounds off the average vehicle. Carbon fiber is already in production in limited volumes on specialty cars. A cross-section of automakers – most notably Germany’s BMW AG – have invested in production and processing for carbon fiber to develop its use in the auto industry. If the research effort is successful, Ford could begin using carbon fiber components by the end of this decade, the companies said.