Nissan using SABIC’s NORYL resin for terminal cover and spacer of LEAF battery pack to help reduce weight
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business supplies lightweight NORYL resin for the terminal cover and spacer of the battery system on the automaker’s new 2013 LEAF. By using flame retardant (FR) NORYL resin for these applications in the updated EV, Nissan was able to cut part weight while taking advantage of the material’s high-performance capabilities to enhance the quality of the battery pack.
The updated Nissan LEAF is 80 kg (176 lbs) lighter than the outgoing model, supporting the automaker’s focus on increasing the EV’s performance and efficiency. This significant drop was made possible by changes to the powertrain, integrated functions, a streamlined battery module and case structure and the use of lighter parts—including up to 20% weight savings for the terminal cover and spacer of the LEAF’s battery system through the use of NORYL resin.
SABIC’s NORYL resin satisfied the requirement to reduce the weight of our updated battery pack for the 2013 LEAF EV. We are especially pleased with NORYL resin’s high- temperature and long-term dimensional stability, which leads to a significant improvement in part quality and enables further stable battery production in our automatic assembling system.—Toshiro Hirai, Deputy General Manager of EV Energy Development Department of Nissan
The new terminal cover and spacer on the 2013 LEAF EV clearly illustrate SABIC’s commitment to help our automotive customers achieve gains with the light weight and high performance advantages of thermoplastic resins for hybrids and electric vehicles. In addition to these advantages, NORYL resin also offers a more sustainable solution as a recyclable, non-brominated, non- chlorinated flame retardant technology, complementing the environmental advantages of EVs and hybrids.—Scott Fallon, senior director, global automotive, Innovative Plastics
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