Engineering Materials

Decreasing costs while reducing the complexity of designing hybrid fuel tanks

As the electrification race continues, there will be an increasing market share for hybrid vehicles—cars that partially run on fuel and electricity. According to IHS Markit, the path towards electrification is increasingly clear and the global shift towards electrification is moving at an accelerated rate—hybridization provides an important step for many manufacturers. Global powertrain production will experience more electrification throughout the next decade, which includes an increase in mild hybridization and full hybrid vehicles.  

Understand why choosing DSM in hybrid fuel tanks

As the hybrid vehicle market increases, reducing the complexity of the hybrid fuel tank is key to manufacturers. Using advanced polyamides can reduce the complexity of producing these tanks and create cost savings, thus, you can gain a competitive advantage through greater efficiency and potential cost-savings.

At DSM Engineering Materials, we offer Fuel Lock Technology—an effective and proven solution for superior hybrid fuel tanks. Offering excellent barrier properties in a monolayer material, Fuel Lock Technology offers weight reduction and less post-processing via an injection molding process. Compared to HDPE/EVOH material used for blowmolded tanks, it can combine good mechanical properties and barrier performance in one material. Processing the material by means of plastic injection molding offers the design freedom to apply local reinforcements, make optimal use of the available building space and integrate functional features. Additionally, no secondary operations are needed because features like baffles and pillars are designed into the tank and injection molded together with the fuel tank body.

A monolayer hybrid fuel tank can be made of EcoPaXX® or Akulon® Fuel Lock.  EcoPaXX® is the material of choice if you want the fuel tank to be intrinsically salt spray resistant because the car platform has an open chassis design, and the tank is exposed to an outdoor environment. Also, we use 70% bio-sourced monomer, thus, EcoPaXX® Fuel Lock has a carbon neutral footprint.

Explore DSM grades for hybrid fuel tanks

Akulon® K223-TP4

Akulon® is our family of high performance polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 materials, used by customers across the world in applications ranging from automotive, electronics & electrical, to furniture and packaging.

We offer Akulon® grades for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion (including barrier film, stock shapes, convoluted tubes, and mono and multi filament).

In molded parts the material offers an excellent balance of easy design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties over a wide temperature range and in diverse conditions. Meanwhile for extrusion the strength, resilience and easy processing of Akulon® sets the market standards.

  • Impact Modified

Akulon® Fuel Lock FLE-LP NA99001

Akulon® is our family of high performance polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 materials, used by customers across the world in applications ranging from automotive, electronics & electrical, to furniture and packaging.

We offer Akulon® grades for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion (including barrier film, stock shapes, convoluted tubes, and mono and multi filament).

In molded parts the material offers an excellent balance of easy design and processing with outstanding mechanical properties over a wide temperature range and in diverse conditions. Meanwhile for extrusion the strength, resilience and easy processing of Akulon® sets the market standards.

  • Low fuel permeation PA6 suitable for use in injection molding/welding of small engine fuel tanks
  • Low fuel permeation

EcoPaXX® Q-FP4

EcoPaXX® Q-FP4 is an unfilled, impact-modified long aliphatic polyamide with excellent impact and flow

EcoPaXX® Q-FP4 is an unfilled, impact-modified long aliphatic polyamide with excellent impact and flow

EcoPaXX® Q-FP4 is an unfilled, impact-modified long aliphatic polyamide with excellent impact and flow

  • Impact Modified
  • Improved flow
  • Good or high flow

Contact us for more information

Direct and easy access to our broad portfolio of high-performance plastics: request a quote or order a sample. You can also simply ask our hybrid fuel tanks experts.

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