A new material used in the Cadillac Lyriq and made by Ascend Performance Materials is designed to make electric vehicles 80% quieter.
Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) material has long been used in the automotive industry to limit the factors that make up its name; noise, vibration, and harshness. Automakers can make their vehicles significantly quieter and more comfortable by targeting certain vibration frequencies. And with a new material designed specifically for electric cars, the Cadillac Lyriq can become up to 80% quieter.
The unique material called Vydyne AVS is made by Ascend Performance Materials in Houston and is already being used in the Cadillac Lyriq. According to the company’s press release, by targeting specific frequencies given off by EV motors and compressors, Vydyne AVS can reduce cabin sound pressure by 80%.
As a result of this material, drivers limit motor and road noise while not sacrificing safety; drivers can still hear the vehicles and emergency vehicles around them. As the company notes in its release, this creates a “crypt-like” quietness in the cabin while driving, and this has come out in multiple reviews of the now hotly demanded Cadillac Lyriq.
The other material the company has announced today is a fire safety material designed to keep passengers safe in the case of a battery fire. While battery fires are uncommon in electric vehicles, being prepared for the worst-case scenario can be the difference between life and death. Starflom X-Protect is a nylon-based flame retardant that can prevent battery fires from ever affecting the internal occupants of vehicles.
In a video posted by the company, Starflam X-Protect is shown to be able to withstand 1,000 decrease celsius for 15 minutes before the test is halted. In contrast, other flame retardants and simple aluminum plating melted far before.
These great new materials can make EVs exponentially safer and quieter. Considering how much safer and quieter EVs are compared to gas vehicles, drivers will get an exponentially better experience in the coming years. And as electric motor and battery technology improves, these materials will eventually help drivers and passengers feel just as safe and calm as they are in their homes.