CORK IN AUTOMOBILES
New cars based on fuel cells, batteries or other engine based types, have usually a flat-bottom body, which is a good characteristic for cork floor applications in this field decreasing weight and carbon footprint.
New solutions for trains, trams and similar transportation vehicles were developed for innovative interior systems (floor, lateral panels, ceiling panels). These solutions are based on the light weight and thermal and acoustic insulation properties of cork. The first product is a natural energy absorber for high impact strikes (rail front ends, impact prone areas on automobiles and trains and carriages). In canoes and kayaks, this has the ability to absorb rock and beach impact while also having an excellent compression recovery. It does not absorb water and does not rot and is resistant to fungal growth.
A project (Mould-cork) is being carried out for the development of car parts (e.g., engine cover part) using cork composites in traditional car industry processes as stamping, injection and thermo-forming. It is predicted to decrease weight, and to increase thermal and acoustic insulation and also vibration damping, for better car performances, better comfort and emissions reduction.