How much plastic goes into an electric car?

I own an electric car, and boy, am I in love with its super sleek and minimalistic look. I often wonder about the materials used in creating such an incredible machine. Like plastic—how much plastic goes into an electric car?

Chanice Boyd · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Modern EVs are pretty eye-catching. Electric cars are made with a slew of complex materials like plastic which make up 50% of what EVs are made of.
That makes plastic is one of the primary materials used in constructing
electric cars.
However, even though a large amount of plastic is used to produce an electric vehicle, plastics only contribute to roughly 10% of the vehicle’s total weight. Electric car manufacturers use plastic in almost every area you can think of on the EV.
Here are some of the areas of application where you can expect plastic to be used:
  • Powertrain System
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Lighting and electric wiring
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