What are Cars Made Out Of?
We drive cars every day, but few of us ever take time to wonder to ourselves: "What are cars made out of?" Though on the face of it, the question sounds like the naive query of a child, there is actually a lot to be learned by understanding what materials car companies use in the manufacture of today's automobiles.
On our heavily interconnected planet, the substances that cars are made of can make a big difference in how efficient they are and the footprints they leave. Some materials are relatively abundant, easy to obtain, and simple to form, while others are rare and require a great deal of energy during their manufacture. Finding the right combination of materials that will result in a safe, fuel-efficient, good-looking personal transport device is both an art and a science.
By simply examining a car inside and out, even the least observant among us can determine that a vehicle is made of a lot of different stuff. There is shiny stuff, soft stuff, hard stuff, and transparent stuff to sum things up in an unsophisticated way. But let's get a little more specific about what cars are made of and what those materials contribute to each vehicle that they're a part of.