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BorgWarner's Scott Gallett says the supplier is seeing growing interest in P2, P3 and P4 mild-hybrid architectures because of benefits that include increased energy recuperation and functionality such as electronic coupling and electronic sailing, both of which improve fuel economy.
“It is hard to make an economic case for cell production in the U.S. because of the tremendous amount of cash flow from the Chinese government into cell manufacturing,” says Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, associate director of the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute.
Toray’s automotive-material business includes, in addition to carbon-fiber composites, a range of materials from engineering plastics for conventional gasoline and diesel powertrains, to polyphenylene sulfide resins for power-control units in electric cars.