Sisecam, a Tuzla, Turkey-based glass producer, announced it will develop glass specifically for electric vehicles as part of an automotive sustainability project that has received extra financial backing.
As a participant in the ZEvRA (Zero Emission Electric Vehicles Enabled by Harmonized Circularity) project, Şişecam says it will develop “competitive, low-carbon footprint, high-value-added automotive glass in line with the EU’s carbon neutrality target for 2035.” The project recently received 250,000 euros (about $272,000) in support from the EU’s Horizon Europe program.
More specifically, Sisecam is aiming to develop glass that supports electric vehicle batteries with specially produced solar glass, while also minimizing use of natural resources and chemicals.
The ZEvRA project was launched to improve the circularity of electric light-duty vehicles. In addition to Sisecam, the project’s partners include automotive companies such as Skoda, Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota and Volkswagen.
The project is coordinated by Fraunhofer Institute, Europe’s largest applied science, research and development organization.
Sisecam serves the automotive, flat glass, glassware, glass packaging and glass fiber industries. The company has more than 24,000 employees and operates production facilities in 14 countries, including the U.S.