In the future more and more cars will have an electric drive system. The electrical cars today are not taking benefit of the variety of functional materials that can be produced within powder metal processing. Potential materials that could be utilsed include SMC, magneto caloric materials, thermo electric materials, porous heat pipes, permanent magnets, hydrogen carriers, fuel cell plates among many others.
The Functional Materials Seminar was a seminar held in April 2018 with the aim of increasing knowledge in this area to help build up a consortium of companies and universities producing and developing functional materials that can be used in an optimised electrical car. Industry experts presented the potential use of these materials in cars, followed up by a workshop preparing a consortium for a Horizon2020 application under the umbrella of EPMA.