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Sustainability matters

The explosion of
e-commerce driven
by the pandemic
is encouraging the
development of
electric vehicles for
mid-range and lastmile deliveries.

marketplace
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COVID-19 has added to the emphasis
on efforts to address environmental
impact and climate change, and
the delivery of goods has increased
dramatically as consumers have turned
to online purchasing. The EU-funded
MAterials for Smart TRanspOrt
(MASTRO) project is directed at
developing intelligent bulk materials
for the transport sector that are based
on novel concepts, such as self-sensing,
self-deicing, self-curing, self-healing
and self-protection methodologies.
These address issues of sustainability and safety with the expectation of
enhancing market opportunities for
the materials industry up to 15 percent.
Key to achieving this is the development of conductive nanomaterials,
such as multiwalled carbon nanotubes
(MWCNTs) and graphite-based nanomaterials for use in smart, lightweight
polymer composites, as well as asphalt
and concrete formulations.
In Germany, the BadenW├╝rttemberg Ministry of Economics,
Labor and Housing has launched
an SME (small- and medium-sized

E-commerce delivery
Outside of Europe, sales of electric
cars plateaued in 2020. In addition to
the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020
rollback of fuel efficiency standards in
the U.S. put a damper on the market
for EVs. If the Biden administration
establishes environmental policies that
encourage consumers to drive EVs,
that trend could soon be reversed. The
largest U.S. automaker, General Motors
(GM), announced recently that it plans
to only sell electric cars by 2035 and go
fully carbon neutral by 2040.
The explosion of e-commerce
driven by the pandemic is encouraging

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enterprises) Mobility Initiative.
" TexEx-Identification, Evaluation
and Demonstration of Meaningful
Applications of Textiles in Vehicle
Interiors " is one project under the
program where German Institutes
of Textile and Fiber Research
Denkendorf (DITF) is developing and
testing a number of textiles directed
at reducing mass and increasing the
integration of functionalization using
sensors and actuators.

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