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North Carolina-based Dalco
Nonwovens LLC. " These parts reduce
drag under the car, thus increasing gas
mileage by 3-5 miles per gallon. "
Clearly it is range that has been
the number one consumer concern
relating to EVs, and has undoubtedly
held this market back, but a selfcharging solar car from German car
manufacturer Sono Motors offers
another solution. The designers have
approached the issue of solar charging
for the Sion in a novel way, treating it
as a paint to be applied to the vehicle.
More than 248 solar cells are integrated
in this way, so that in addition to the
full cover this provides, aesthetically
it does not stand out as " other. "
The technology is embedded
in a polymer rather than glass,
which achieves a weight savings of
50 percent, making it comparable
to conventional cars. The vehicle
is available for pre-order, with
production scheduled to begin in
2022 for delivery in Europe only.

acoustics in lightweight aluminum
bodies. Constructed with 100 percent
virgin polypropylene, HPAM is lighter
than competitive products and is
recyclable at its end of life.
" We understand that the electric
cars are quiet, so other noises need
to be suppressed, " says Monadnock
managing director Keith Hayward.
" So, engine noise could be replaced
by road or wind noise or whining
from electrical motors, which could
be a different frequency. Many car
companies have defined acoustic
profiles and they choose which ones
to apply to the model they make. "

The evolution of
electric vehicles and
hybrid vehicles creates
an imperative for
transportation textiles
that are lighter, quieter,
stronger, cleaner and
easier to recycle.

Sound absorption
Electric vehicles are creating a
somewhat different market for
sound absorption.
Dalco Nonwovens and its sister
company Global Felt Technologies
also manufacture fibrous nonwoven
aeroshields that enhance acoustical
properties versus glass/polypropylene
or plastic versions. " The current
challenge in the industry is the entry of
electric vehicles, " says Shipley. " Because
there is no engine noise to muffle
outside-inside noises, the nonwoven
products must be engineered to deter
that irritation to the passengers. "
Introduced in 2018, HPAM® High
Performance Acoustic Media by
Pennsylvania-based Monadnock NonWovens LLC addresses the challenge
of sound absorption and improved

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