For more than 35 years, our engineers have been providing precise thermoplastic solutions for the automotive industry, ranging from high volume engineered materials to high tech specialty compounds. We support the industry’s commitment to sustainability by formulating thermoplastic compounds that make good sense for electric and autonomous vehicles, as well as their charging stations.

Because electric and autonomous vehicles have different requirements than internal combustion engine vehicles, the types of materials used can be very different than those that have been used historically… so we have a variety of options! Our materials are specially formulated to enhance and improve parts that are used in electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, and charging stations, with benefits such as:

  • Strength

  • Performance

  • Lighter weight

  • Flame retardancy

  • Reduced VOCs

  • Better efficiency

  • Cost reduction

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Our Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Shielding Compounds offer reliability and value in a wide range of applications where electromagnetic compatibility is required. Shielding provides protection for sensitive components from incoming EMI and/or prevents excessive emissions of EMI to other susceptible equipment.

Typically, EMI shielding compounds utilize stainless steel fiber or nickel-coated carbon fiber in a thermoplastic matrix to provide the necessary shielding. These compounds can also incorporate flame retardant additives, wear additives, reinforcements, and colorants in a single custom material solution to meet the requirements of your application.

Housings for radar boxes, GPS module enclosures, sensors, and cameras require EMI shielding to prevent signals from being mixed or interrupted. EMI Compounds can provide this protection and help to ensure the proper function of these sensitive components.

Description

Electrically conductive or EMI absorbing PP, PA, PBT,PC/ABS

Key Characteristics

Consistent EMI shielding effectiveness up to 90+ dB

Benefits
  • Integrated, molded-in shielding properties

  • Metal-to-plastic weight savings

  • Cost reduction

Typical Applications
  • Motors

  • Sensor and Camera housings

  • Control modules

  • Internal charging station parts requiring electrical current management

Property Comparison: EMI Shielding Compounds Shielding Effectiveness (SE) @ 2mm Thickness

* EMI Test Method: ASTM D4935

Technology A* Technology B*
High SE High SE
Ductile High Modulus
Unreinforced Fiber Reinforced
Technology C* Technology D*
Moderate SE Moderate SE
Ductile High Modulus
Unreinforced Fiber Reinforced

Technologies A-D are available in a wide variety of base polymers, such as PP, PBT, PA66, PC, ABS, and more.

Although flammability is not often a concern with conventional gas powered vehicles, electrical and autonomous vehicles do require a fresh approach to passenger safety. Most thermoplastics utilized in the automotive industry today are inherently flammable, and therefore require an additive package to meet industry flame standards such as UL94 V-0; in addition, they must function well in the end application.

Batteries and their components benefit from Flame Retardant Compounds to help meet safety regulations and improve passenger safety.

Description

PP, PA, PBT

Key Characteristics

HB, V1, V2, V0, 5VB, and 5VA

Benefits
  • Risk mitigation

  • Colorable (safety orange, for example)

Typical Applications
  • LI Ion batteries

  • High voltage connectors

  • Parts with rating requirements

Battery Components: Housings, Frames, Plates, Trays
Formula Description UL 94 Flammability Tensile Strength (MPa) Flexural Modulus (MPa) IZOD Notched Impact (J/m) HDT @ 1.82 MPa (°C)
RTP 199 X 151875 A PP – Unfilled – FR V-0 25 1100 65 52
RTP 199 X 135008 A PP – Glass Fiber – FR V-0/5VA 79 7200 107 149
RTP 2099 X 150722 A PA Alloy – Glass Fiber – FR V-0/5VA 131 9300 176 188
RTP 299 K X 138337 C PARA – Glass Fiber – FR V-0/5VA 193 15900 160 210
Electrical Components: High Voltage Connectors, Terminal Covers, Telecommunication Housings
Formula Description UL 94 Flammability Tensile Strength (MPa) Flexural Modulus (MPa) IZOD Notched Impact (J/m) HDT @ 1.82 MPa (°C)
RTP 154 PP – Unfilled – FR V-0 30 1500 27 54
RTP 199 X 134952 B PP – Mineral Filled – FR V-0/5VA 22 2200 67 70
RTP 205 FR PA 66 – Glass Fiber – FR V-0/5VA 169 10800 107 215
RTP 1005 FR A PBT – Glass Fiber – FR V-0/5VA 145 10000 80 205
Outdoor Components: Connectors, In Cable Circuit Breakers/Control Boxes, Charging Station Housings
Formula Description UL 94 Flammability Tensile Strength (MPa) Flexural Modulus (MPa) IZOD Notched Impact (J/m) HDT @ 1.82 MPa (°C)
RTP 199 X 138253 A PP- Unfilled UV – FR V-0 24 1200 534 52
RTP 301 FR UV PC – Glass Fiber – UV – FR V-0/5VA 58 3500 267 141
RTP 2099 X 143976 D PC/PBT – Unfilled – UV – FR V-0/5VA 48 2100 694 88

Our Structural Compounds provide solutions in applications requiring excellent mechanical and/or thermal performance.

Short Glass Fiber (SGF) Compounds – chopped glass fiber provides strength and stiffness to our SGF compounds, which provide good, general purpose reinforcement.

Very Long Fiber (VLF) Compounds – in addition to the improvement in strength and stiffness versus SGF Compounds, VLF Compounds provide improved impact strength and are commonly used for metal replacement.

Carbon Fiber (CF) Compounds – our CF Compounds provide tremendous stiffness without adding significant weight to a vehicle. These high end materials, which are commonly used in aerospace, are finding broader use for lightweighting in electric and autonomous vehicles.

The “frunk”, or storage space under the front hood of an electric or autonomous vehicle, can be made from VLF Compounds for excellent durability and impact.

Description

Long Glass/Short Glass Fiber PP, PA, PBT; Carbon Fiber (CF) Compounds; ASA Alloys

Key Characteristics

Provide outstanding impact resistance, creep resistance, and aesthetic value

Benefits
  • Dimensional stability

  • Durability

  • Excellent for metal replacement

  • Reduce part weight

  • Colorable

Typical Applications
  • Battery plates

  • LI Ion battery housing cover

  • Frunk

  • Camera brackets/Sensor housings

  • Instrument panels

  • Interior trim

  • Outdoor housings and base units for charging stations

RTP Company Material Options
RTP 299 A X 143325 A RTP 299 A X 149343 A RTP 199 X 154150 B RTP 199 X 151100 B RTP 199 X 151100 C
Property Method Unit PA6 30% SGF PA6 30% SGF Low Density PP 20% CF PP 30% VLF PP 40% VLF
Density ISO 1183 g/cm3 1.35 1.22 1.00 1.13 1.20
Tensile Strength ISO 527 MPa 180 (113) 167 (115) 105 110 130
Flexural Modulus ISO 178 MPa 9500 9233 6500 8500
Charpy Impact, Notched ISO 179/1eA kJ/m2 13 (15) 10 (12) 4.0 20 25

*All values Dry As Molded except those in parentheses, conditioned 23 °C, 50% RH to equilibrium.

For applications that require aesthetics, UV protection, and weatherability, we formulate ASA Alloys that provide high gloss, colorability, and UV performance. In addition, these alloys provide higher chemical resistance and thermal stability versus standard ABS, making them an excellent choice for thermoplastic housings on charging stations.

UV Resististance
Property ABS PC/ABS PP PA ASA
UV Resistance POOR POOR BETTER BETTER BEST

Our high temperature compounds are formulated to withstand high heat environments, making them an excellent choice for electric motors, battery systems, and mating connectors. Made from resins that inherently offer better mechanical performance and both wear and chemical resistance, we can also tailor these products to meet specific application requirements. By selecting from a broad range of polymer and additive combinations, we can provide the precise color, mechanical function, wear resistance, dimensional stability, conductivity, and regulatory requirements of your application in a single, cost optimized solution.

High Temperature Mineral Filled Compounds provide improvements in dimensional stability and stiffness in high temperature environments over unmodified resin.