25 Oct 2023
SABIC reduces carbon footprint in collaboration with Charge Amps through certified renewable LEXAN™ polycarbonate for electric vehicle charger housings
Sittard, the Netherlands, October 25, 2023 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemicals industry, is enabling Charge Amps to manufacture electric vehicle (EV) chargers with a housing made from certified renewable polycarbonate (PC), a first for the industry.
SABIC is supplying Charge Amps with its certified renewable grade LEXAN™ PC, supporting the EV charger provider’s commitment to develop the circular bioeconomy and help mitigate climate change issues. SABIC’s renewable PC from its TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio is made from second-generation bio-feedstock that is not in competition with the food chain. The new industrial process contributes to reduce CO₂ emissions in manufacturing and installation and fully meets EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) regulations.
EVs are an essential component of decarbonization strategies being adopted by governments and enterprises around the world. EV is now an increasingly viable alternative to internal combustion engines to reduce the carbon footprint. The availability of charging facilities is recognized as one of the key factors associated with conversion to EVs.
Charge Amps Dawn is the latest EV charging station with a charging capacity of 22 kW in one socket, a certified MID (Measuring Instrument Directive) meter and 4G connectivity. Charge Amps Dawn Chassis contains in the range of 50 percent of ISCC PLUS certified bio-based renewable material from SABIC. The collaboration with the Nordic manufacturer that has a strong focus on sustainability throughout the whole production chain is yet another example of SABIC’s commitment to help accelerate the world’s shift to electric power, encapsulated in the company’s BLUEHERO™ initiative.
Majed Al-Saadan, Director, Building & Construction Segment, SABIC, commented, “SABIC offers selected plastic solution from our building & construction segment that can fulfil stringent industry standards for the making of EV support equipment in terms of safety, reliability, and in addition, offers efficiency in manufacturing, as well as better aesthetics compared to incumbent solution. Together with Charge Amps, we are going one step further by cutting carbon footprint from the production phase to support the world’s transition to an electric future.”
Jonas Hellström, Mechanical Design Manager at Charge Amps, commented, “Design, innovation and sustainability are key priorities for Charge Amps. The bio-attributed plastic based on renewable feedstock from SABIC allows us to combine lower carbon emissions with the premium exterior design that Charge Amps is known for. We strive to be in the forefront of technology. This strategic partnership with SABIC is a natural step to being a responsible player in the EV charging ecosystem.”
On top of sustainability gains, EV charger manufacturers can benefit from increased functional integration and design freedom. For example, inner panels, indoor cabinets and consoles can be produced from a flame retardant (FR) PC to achieve dimensional stability, high impact resistance and aesthetic finishing. Furthermore, thin-wall FR capability can help reduce weight beyond that achieved by simply replacing metal, and can also free up space for additional components.
LEXAN PC is durable and weather resistant and can provide significant manufacturing cost reductions. It enables charger makers to simplify production processes by using high-speed, high-volume injection molding, and eliminates typical secondary operations that would otherwise be required for metals.
 The certified renewable polycarbonate is accredited under the ISCC PLUS certification regime that honors the implementation of a mass balance accounting system to trace the material flow across complex supply chains from the feedstock to final products. Following a set of predefined and transparent rules, the accounting then determines if a product can be classified as renewable. For SABIC this means that for each ton of renewable feedstock fed into the production process and substituting fossil-based feedstock, approximately one ton of the output material can be classified as renewable. The mass balancing approach also allows OEMs to document and quantify the sustainability of their applications made from these certified materials.
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SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals.
SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy.
SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 16.53 billion (US$ 4.41 billion) in 2022. Sales revenues for 2022 totaled SR 198.47 billion (US$ 52.92 billion). Total assets stood at SR 313 billion (US$ 83.46 billion) at the end of 2022. Production in 2022 stood at 61 million metric tons.
The company has more than 31,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 9,948 patents and pending applications, and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.
ABOUT CHARGE AMPS
Charge Amps is a leading Sweden-born provider of innovative and sustainable charging solutions for electric vehicles. Charge Amps develops smart and user-friendly products for use in homes, offices, and public places. Charge Amps was founded in 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden, and is undergoing rapid international expansion, with 120 employees in seven countries, and sales across 15 markets. For more information, visit www.chargeamps.com.