Cars made from renewable carbon

The future of mobility

Driven by government policies and consumer interest in climate-friendly transportation, the automotive industry is dramatically shifting vehicle design. It’s not just about energy anymore. Automakers are designing vehicles and components for durability, recyclability and reuse to reduce waste. Interiors are also starting to become more sustainable with a range of recycled materials, natural fibers and solutions made from renewable carbon.

On average, a car contains 24 kg of polyurethane

  • Polyurethane foams for the car seats, headrests and armrests
  • Polyurethane resins for bumpers and spoilers to provide maximum shock absorption without adding bulk or weight
  • Polyurethane coatings for glazing windscreens and windows, increasing their strength and durability
  • Lightweight polyurethane elastomers with high compressibility for suspension systems that improve driving comfort
  • Protective polyurethane foam for encapsulating engines, enabling them to reach operating temperatures faster and reduce fuel consumption
  • Thermoplastic polyurethanes for protecting ABS and brake cables by regulating their temperature and providing high flame retardancy

Making polyurethanes from renewable carbon

Long before polyurethane becomes part of a vehicle, it starts out as two components that are mixed together: isocyanates and polyols.

At Econic, we provide manufacturers with a patented process and catalyst to make polyols — specifically polycarbonate ether polyols — from carbon dioxide. These can effectively replace the oil-based polyether polyols that are typically used to make polyurethanes.

Use upcycled carbon for the best performance
Switching to our process and incorporating renewable carbon, not only makes polyurethane materials more sustainable, it can improve their performance thanks in automotive applications thanks to tunable characteristics at the molecular level.

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Replace Fossil Feedstocks

DropletConventional process for polymers with oil-based raw materials



ProcessEconic’s process for polymers with captured recycled CO2

Process Multiple

Our catalyst transforms inert carbon dioxide into a reactive feedstock; replacing propylene oxide or ethylene oxide in the polyether production process.

Finetune Properties


Carbonate linkages can change the properties of polyurethanes.

Our process allows manufacturers to carefully tune these for optimized performance in every application.
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Are you an automotive company interested in switching to materials made with renewable carbon? Let us send you a sample of polyols made with the Econic process.

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If you would like to learn more about licensing Econic’s technology, our experts would be happy to discuss your application and how to apply our process.

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