Ford in conjunction with Dow Automotive Systems, is currently working on ways to incorporate carbon fiber into the construction of everyday vehicles to aid in fuel efficiency as a result of the material’s light weight. Ford fitted a carbon fiber hood to a Focus wagon to demonstrate the benefits of using the material. The carbon fiber hood weighed half of what the regular steel hood weighed, while passing safety regulations, in terms of pedestrian protection in the event of a front collision and dent resistance.
The only downside to using this material is trying to find a quicker method in which to finish the parts, all while retaining quality. In addition, the carbon fiber parts are more time consuming to paint. But aside from these downsides, this is a great move by Ford and it will significantly benefit hybrids, EVs and regular gasoline powered vehicles alike.