Supporting Sustainable Mobility


Driving Sustainability Advances in the Automotive Industry

DuPont engineers and material science resources are collaborating with suppliers and manufacturers all over the world to help achieve better fuel economy and sustainability in the automotive industry.

The goal is to build cars, trucks and industrial machinery that are more fuel-efficient. We’re working together to meet these goals using new materials, and developing innovative approaches that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels and cut down on greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and machinery or overall, including manufacture of the materials being used.

Fueling Lasting Change

DuPont works with vehicle-makers in several ways. We support replacing heavier metal and other plastic components with high performance elastomers and thermoplastics. DuPont materials are suitable for multiple car systems, including underhood and powertrain applications that must resist high heat and abrasive fuels and fluids.

We also have one of the broadest range of polymers made using non-food renewable sources to replace petrochemical based materials.

What to Do About CO2

It’s a simple concept: lighter cars require less fuel and produce fewer COemissions. Many automotive manufacturers have made the reduction of CO2 emissions a corporate priority. In addition, some countries offer incentives to companies that participate in emissions trading. In either case, finding material substitutes that help reduce COemissions can also reduce costs.

Reducing Friction and Energy Loss

DuPont™ Vespel® parts and shapes are used to reduce wear and friction in demanding engine and powertrain applications that require high heat and chemical resistance. For example, self-lubricating Vespel® bushings can maintain consistent performance over the life of the EGR valve in diesel engines, helping achieve new emission standards.

Innovation Centers Worldwide

No organization or government can support sustainability in the automotive industry alone, so DuPont is working collaboratively with customers, partners and governments through innovation centers around the world. We’ve established automotive innovation centers in Seoul, South Korea; Pune, India; Nagoya, Japan; Geneva, Switzerland; Istanbul, Turkey; and Troy, Michigan in the United States.

Sustainability as Competitive Advantage

In a fast-changing, highly competitive landscape, DuPont is collaborating to innovate with materials makers, parts suppliers and manufacturers, to help achieve greater sustainability in the automotive industry. And we’re seeing results, in higher performance engines to interiors using finishes that incorporate renewably sourced materials.

In 2011, Ford, Fiat, and Toyota were all winners at the Society of Plastics Engineers “Most Innovative Use of Plastics” awards event. They all collaborated with DuPont engineers and used components that employed renewably sourced DuPont materials. DuPont can help you take on the challenges of how to improve sustainability through material selection in the automotive industry, and build the vehicles consumers, companies and governments want and need now.


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