Plastic Omnium is introducing a new-generation plastic fuel tank for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The plastic tank, featuring new INWIN technology, is 40% lighter than the metal model currently fitted on the majority of plug-in hybrid vehicles. It is designed to withstand the pressure created by fuel vapor when the vehicle is in electric-drive mode over long periods of time.
The technology developed by Plastic Omnium is covered by 163 patents.
An initial tank will be delivered in December 2016 for Hyundai’s plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Korea.
By the year 2018, seven additional models for three other auto-makers in Asia and Europe will be fitted with this innovation from Plastic Omnium.