EVs & Automotive

Fluoropolymers and Fluorinated Gases Drive Efficiency & Sustainability for the Auto Industry

Busy highwayFluoropolymers are critical for improving the performance, engine efficiency, emissions control, and safety of automobiles, allowing vehicles to meet safety and fuel efficiency standards. They are also critical components of the batteries that enable today’s energy-saving electric vehicles. Fluorinated gases (f-gases) significantly lower the global warming potential (GWP) of automobile air conditioning.

F-gases and their applications in mobile air conditioning, a drop-in solution developed for the European Union (EU)’s Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) Directive 2006/40/EC, are also contributing considerably to the EU Green Deal’s Smart and Sustainable Mobility Strategy, its goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in transport by 90% by 2050, as well as the EU’s Industrial Strategy through innovative technologies. This breakthrough technology reduces the global warming impact of mobile air conditioning refrigerants by more than 99% compared to previous generations of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants.

Automakers continue to innovate, developing ways to leverage communications for limitless connectivity, energy to support electrification, turbocharged engines to boost power, and lighter designs to improve fuel consumption. These advances will increase car performance, driver comfort and safety, and sustainability within the auto industry.

With lighter weight composite components, smaller engine designs, and sustainable materials, automakers are meeting the demand for economical, environmentally sustainable cars that don’t compromise performance.

Fluoropolymers and fluorinated gases are a critical and irreplaceable material in electric vehicles.

Automotive manufacturers create more value for car suppliers and buyers by building car components that better withstand high temperatures and corrosion. High-performance fluoropolymers provide low-friction surfaces, increase efficiency and longevity, and enable car parts to withstand harsh environments. F-gases significantly lower the GWP of automobile air conditioning.

Electric vehicle attached to charging stationWhat are fluoropolymers and f-gases?

Fluoropolymers are a specialty plastic that possess a unique combination of properties that make them critical to modern life and a wide variety of sectors and industries. They are one specific class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of thousands of chemical compounds with varying characteristics, properties, and environmental and safety profiles. Importantly, fluoropolymers do not pose a significant risk to human health or the environment when used for their intended purposes. Their unique combination of properties makes them fundamental to the products they enable. There are no alternatives that possess all these unique properties while delivering the same high level of performance.

F-gases are an innovative class of chemical solutions comprised of low and ultra-low GWP hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) and HFO blends. These products have improved environmental properties, offering significantly lower GWP than legacy products and no ozone depletion potential. Given the growing threat of climate change, innovative hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) and HFO alternatives have been developed to replace legacy hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) that have relatively high GWPs and ozone depletion potential as well as high GWP HFCs. F-gases have undergone a rigorous and data-intensive global regulatory approval processes (e.g. US and EU) and have been deemed safe for their intended uses throughout their entire lifecycle.

Benefits of Fluoropolymers and F-Gases in the Automotive industry

Critical Fluoropolymer and F-Gas Applications in the Automotive Industry: