Accelerating Hybrid-Electric Autonomous Driving (AHEAD™) is DuPont’s new initiative that combines existing and new innovative solutions to advance vehicle electrification, autonomy and connectivity.
According to the Global EV Outlook 2019, there were more than 5 million electric passenger cars in the world in 2018, which represented an increase of 63 percent compared to the previous year. It is estimated that there will be between 125 million and 220 million electric vehicles by 2030. This motivated DuPont to launch AHEAD™, a new venture that will use the company’s experience in material science and electronics to offer competitive advantages for vehicle electrification and the autonomous vehicle market.
AHEAD™ will allow DuPont to take advantage of the opportunities that the electric and electronics market represent for passenger vehicles. Given the multiple business divisions and technical capacities DuPont has developed over the years, their combination creates a significant asset for the automotive market. The company seeks to integrate all its material solutions and experiences in AHEAD™ and its multifunctional team.
“Creating a dedicated team to offer electrification, autonomy and connectivity for vehicles makes sense for DuPont. It strengthens our more-than-100-year history in the transportation industry, our experience and our broad differentiated product offering,” says Randy Stone, Global President of DuPont Transportation & Industrial. “AHEAD™ is based on recent successful experiences. By combining our position as material leaders with our incomparable capacities on electronics, we can extend our leadership to the vehicle electrification market, as well as the needed supporting infrastructure.”
By using adhesives, high-performance elastomers, engineering thermoplastics, special fluids and lubricants, electronic materials, high-performance fibers and safety materials, AHEAD™ will bring innovative solutions for lightweighting, battery and assembly components, thermal management, electric motors and electric applications, among many others.
DuPont will present AHEAD™ technologies across major events in the industry. Moreover, there is a space designated in the recently opened DuPont Silicon Valley Technology & Innovation Center that is focused on AHEAD™ and offers customers the perfect experience to explore technologies and capabilities related to vehicle electrification and applications for support infrastructure. At this center, some products are exhibited as solutions to reduce weight, components and battery assembly, thermal management and safety, electric engines, powertrain, chassis, as well as electric and electronic applications for better autonomy, driver’s assistance and self-driving capabilities.