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The American electrical devices and systems supplier Leviton Mfg. selected Valox iQ resin for the housing of its new portable charger for electric vehicles (EV), thus adding more green to the EV picture. Based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), Valox iQ incorporates PCR PET feedstock for a 34%-47% reduction in CO2 and process energy.

PlasticsToday Staff

January 14, 2011

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Plastic materials: Electric vehicle charger is greener with Sabic's Valox iQ

The American electrical devices and systems supplier Leviton Mfg. selected Valox iQ resin for the housing of its new portable charger for electric vehicles (EV), thus adding more green to the EV picture. Based on polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), Valox iQ incorporates PCR PET feedstock for a 34%-47% reduction in CO2 and process energy.

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Using Valox iQ for the housing of this portable electric vehicle further benefits the environment.

"When we created our Evr-Green charging unit, a key requirement was using sustainable materials whenever possible," says Michael Mattei, VP and general manager of Leviton's Commercial/Industrial business unit. "We wanted to be sure our charger not only facilitates adoption of electric cars, but also minimizes environmental impact."

Sabic Innovative Plastics, the developer and supplier of Valox iQ, says the material, which already had a growing position in the telecom and electrical markets, now sees demand coming from the Hybrid and EV segments of the transportation sector as well.

Leviton's Evr-Green portable unit lets users recharge battery-powered EVs at any 110V/15A socket, and it's compatible with all North American plug-in vehicles that have the J1772 inlet standardized in early 2010 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).

Adding to the environmental benefits of this move is Valox iQ's enabling of molded-in color, eliminating secondary painting and its environmental impact. And apart from its environmental, the material satisfies the application's demanding specs for electrical, mechanical, and aesthetic performance.—[email protected]

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