DuPont pushes for its technologies to make their way into electric, autonomous vehicles


DowDuPont Specialty Products Division is launching AHEAD – a new initiative designed to focus on electric and autonomous vehicles.

“The creation of a dedicated team and offering targeting vehicle electrification, autonomy and connectivity makes sense for DuPont. It reinforces our history in transportation (100+ years), our experience, expertise and broad differentiated portfolio of technology and solutions,” said Randy Stone, business president, DuPont Transportation & Advanced Polymers. “Our AHEAD approach builds on recent successes, and by pairing our leading material position with our unmatched capabilities in electronics, we can extend our market leadership in the vehicle electrification and supporting infrastructure space.”

The initiative was mentioned this week with the opening of an innovation center in Northern California’s Silicon Valley.

DuPont has long-running ties to the auto industry, with the family once owning a controlling stake in GM. The company did shed its large automotive paint-finishes business (now known as Axala) a few years ago.

Utilizing adhesives, elastomers, engineered thermoplastics, fluids/specialty lubricants, electronic materials, high-performance fibers, and safety materials, AHEAD will provide solutions for:

  • Lightweight solutions.
  • Battery pack components and assembly
  • Thermal management/safety
  • Electric motors
  • Powertrain/chassis
  • Electrical/electronic applications for improved automation including driver assists and self-driving capabilities
  • Support infrastructure (plug-in and induction charging stations, etc.)

DuPont plans to feature AHEAD technologies at several upcoming industry events beginning with the opening of the Silicon Valley Technology Center.

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Specialty Products, a part of DowDuPont, will emerge as DuPont when the company is spun off next year.

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