The automotive industry is one of the industries where rapid prototyping is most commonly applied. CNC auto/car parts always play an important part during the R&D and marketing periods. As new energy vehicles are developing very fast, prototyping manufacturers need to consider how to be deeper involved in the trend.

1. Global new energy vehicle trends

In 2022, many countries are offering various subsidies and tax breaks for the new energy vehicle segment, in the hope that in this way, the trend of new energy vehicle consumption in their own countries will change from policy-driven to purchase demand-driven. It indicates that the sales will keep increasing in the future.

The U.S. will start implementing new energy vehicle tax credits in 2022.

Citing foreign media reports, in 2022, Germany will increase the average subsidy per pure electric vehicle to RMB 50,000-58,000 and the average subsidy per plug-in hybrid vehicle by RMB 5,400-11,000. France will subsidize pure electric vehicles for up to about RMB 86,000. Meanwhile, the Netherlands will offer subsidies of RMB 8,000 per vehicle. France subsidizes up to about RMB 86,000 per pure electric vehicle. The Netherlands subsidizes RMB 32,000 per electric vehicle priced below RMB 324,000.

As Nippon Hoso Kyokai reports, to increase the market share of electric cars, the Japanese government intends to double the subsidies for new purchases of electric cars from spring 2022, up to 800,000 Yen (about RMB 45,000).

New energy cars are flooding China's shopping malls to grab market share. According to media reports, more than 80 car brands opened stores in shopping malls in 2021, most of which are new energy brands, and there is often a gorgeous scene of a shopping mall introducing multiple new energy brands. 

2. Prototyping manufacturers should be a partner than just a supplier

The new energy vehicle industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Automotive manufacturers will keep building R&D systems, insist on technological innovation, and constantly achieve product updates. Rapid prototyping is a process that cannot be avoided. How can prototyping manufacturers seize the opportunity to grow together?

(1) Pay close attention to new energy vehicle industry developments

China considers 2022 an important year of new energy vehicle development. Other countries have formulated a series of policies to stimulate their development. All are signs that the new energy vehicle industry is prosperous now. In addition to focusing on everyday production routines like reaction injection molding and CNC parts, prototyping companies should keep a close eye on the new energy vehicle industry. So that we can react quickly whenever those new energy vehicle manufacturers require making CNC auto/car parts prototypes such as car bumper molding for new product development and marketing.

(2) Improve machines, technologies, and manufacturing skills

There are many machining methods for producing prototypes. Among all the technologies, 3D printing has continued to develop, and CNC machining follows closely. Take car bumper molding, for example, nearly all prototyping processes can be involved, including CNC machining, vacuum casting, 3D printing, sheet metal fabrication, and reaction injection molding. For this reason, prototyping suppliers should continuously improve their manufacturing capabilities to meet the ever-changing demands of the new energy vehicle industry, such as newly designed CNC machined auto/car parts prototyping or short-run RIM car bumper molding.

(3) Reserve related talents in advance

Prototyping requires programming skills. The programming of 5-axis and 6-axis CNC machines is not easy. It is suggested that prototyping companies reserve programmer talents in advance. Of course, it is impossible to be good at making every part of a car. It is good practice to dive into one field. For instance, you can focus on improving the capacity of manufacturing car lamps or car bumper molding. Concentrating resources on one thing makes it more likely to succeed.

Despite being just a conventional role of executor, there are many ways for prototyping manufacturers to be partners in the new energy vehicle industry. I believe, shortly, prototyping companies will not just make but create CNC auto/car parts together with vehicle manufacturers. X Rapid Technologies will be one of them, though it is a long way to go.