Electric Vehicle (Car) Polymers Market by Component (Exterior, Interior, Powertrain System), Type (Elastomers, Engineering Plastics), and Region 2024-2032

Electric Vehicle (Car) Polymers Market by Component (Exterior, Interior, Powertrain System), Type (Elastomers, Engineering Plastics), and Region 2024-2032

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Market Overview:

The global electric vehicle (car) polymers market size reached US$ 4.9 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 291.5 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 57.51% during 2024-2032. The rising government initiatives and the development of favorable policies, increasing sales and production of vehicles, and the rapid expansion of the automotive sector across the globe are some of the major factors propelling the market.

Report Attribute
 Key Statistics                   
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2023 US$ 4.9 Billion
Market Forecast in 2032 US$ 291.5 Billion
Market Growth Rate (2024-2032)

Electric vehicle (car) polymers refer to a wide range of polymer materials used in the manufacturing and design of electric cars. Due to their lower carbon emissions and ability to minimize reliance on fossil fuels, EV (car) polymers have become increasingly popular as the automotive industry moves toward more environmentally friendly and sustainable transportation options. The performance, efficiency, and general sustainability of electric cars are significantly improved by polymers, which are huge molecules composed of repeating subunits. In the creation of lightweight materials, polymers play a significant role in the use of electric vehicles. EV manufacturers strive to reduce the weight of vehicles to maximize battery efficiency and extend the driving range. They offer excellent weight-saving properties as compared to traditional materials and are widely employed in various components of EVs, including the body panels, chassis, and interior elements. These materials not only contribute to weight reduction but also provide improved structural integrity and safety features.

Significant growth in the automotive sector majorly drives the global market. As governments across the globe set ambitious targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the automotive sector is under pressure to transition to cleaner and sustainable technologies, which is significantly supporting the market. In addition, the widespread adoption of electric vehicle (car) polymers to manufacture lightweight EVs as they help reduce overall vehicle weight and enhance energy efficiency is positively influencing the market. Additionally, polymers contribute to the overall safety of EVs by absorbing energy during impacts and protecting occupants, which is catalyzing the demand for electric vehicle (Car) polymers. Moreover, rapid advancements in battery technology are also creating a positive market outlook.

Electric Vehicle (Car) Polymers Market Trends/Drivers:

Environmental Regulations and Sustainability Initiatives

Various governments are implementing stringent regulations to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change. Numerous countries are setting targets to phase out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and promote the adoption of electric vehicles. These regulations are influencing the demand for lightweight and sustainable materials, including polymers in EV manufacturing, as they contribute to the overall energy efficiency and range of vehicles, which is positively influencing the market. Apart from this, the growing requirement for lightweight materials to maximize the driving range and energy efficiency is also impacting the market. By reducing the weight of EV components, such as battery packs, body panels, and interior parts, polymers help increase the overall energy efficiency of electric vehicles, which is acting as a major growth-inducing factor.

Battery Encapsulation and Protection

The increasing demand for electric vehicle batteries is also driving the demand for electric vehicle (car) polymers. Polymers play a vital role in battery encapsulation and protection, providing insulation, thermal management, and mechanical stability. They enhance the overall safety of EVs and improve the performance and lifespan of the battery systems, thereby contributing to the market. In addition, electric vehicle batteries generate a significant amount of heat during the charging and discharging processes that is essential to maintain the optimal temperature range for battery operation as overheating can degrade battery performance and reduce its lifespan. Polymers with excellent thermal conductivity and insulation properties are used in EVs for thermal management solutions, such as heat sinks, thermal interface materials, and cooling systems, further impacting the market.

Electrical and Electronic Components

Electric vehicles rely on numerous electrical and electronic components, such as connectors, sensors, wiring harnesses, and charging infrastructure. Along with this, polymers with high electrical insulation, conductivity, and heat resistance are required to ensure reliable and efficient operation of these components. Additionally, polymers offer design flexibility, enabling the integration of advanced electronics and improving overall vehicle performance, thus contributing to the market. Additionally, the polymers providing manufacturers with design flexibility, allowing them to create complex shapes and structures is increasing the demand for electric vehicle (Car) polymers. EVs often feature sleek and aerodynamic designs, and polymers can be molded into various forms, offering a wide range of colors and surface finishes. This design freedom allows automakers to differentiate their EV models and attract consumers with visually appealing and modern-looking vehicles, thus creating a positive market outlook.

Electric Vehicle (Car) Polymers Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global electric vehicle (Car) polymers market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional, and country levels from 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on component and type.

Breakup by Component:

  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Powertrain System

Exterior dominates the electric vehicle (car) polymers market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the electric vehicle (car) polymers market based on the component. This includes exterior, interior, and powertrain system. According to the report, exterior represented the largest segment.

Interior components are mostly the preferred material due to the growing sustainability and environmental consciousness among the masses. As governments and consumers become increasingly concerned about climate change and carbon emissions, there has been a notable shift toward electric vehicles as a greener alternative to traditional internal combustion engine cars. This transition is necessitating the development of interior components that are lightweight, durable, and eco-friendly.

The increasing adoption of electric vehicles globally is driving the demand for lightweight and durable materials for their exterior and interior components. Polymers provide excellent strength-to-weight ratios, corrosion resistance, and design flexibility, making them ideal for EV exteriors. Additionally, stringent government regulations and environmental concerns are encouraging automakers to develop EVs with improved aerodynamics and reduced energy consumption, thus impacting the market.

On the other hand, the widespread adoption of polymers in various components of the powertrain system due to their excellent properties, such as lightweight, durability, and corrosion resistance, is significantly supporting the market segment. Moreover, the use of polymers in the powertrain system contributes to the overall weight reduction of the vehicle, thereby enhancing its energy efficiency and range is contributing to the market.

Breakup by Type:

  • Elastomers
    • Natural Rubber
    • Silicone Elastomer
    • Synthetic Rubber
    • Fluoroelastomer 
  • Engineering Plastics
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyphenylene Sulphide (PPS)
    • Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
    • Fluoropolymer
    • Polyurethane
    • Thermoplastic Polyester
    • Polycarbonate
    • Polyamide
    • Others

Elastomers dominate the electric vehicle (car) polymers market

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the electric vehicle (car) polymers market based on the type. This includes elastomers (natural rubber, silicone elastomer, synthetic rubber, and fluoroelastomer), and engineering plastics (polypropylene, polyphenylene sulphide (PPS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), fluoropolymer, polyurethane, thermoplastic polyester, polycarbonate, polyamide, and others). According to the report,  elastomers represented the largest segment.

In the electric vehicle (EV) polymers industry, elastomers play a crucial role due to their unique properties and versatility. Elastomers are a type of polymer known for their exceptional elasticity and resilience, making them ideal for various applications in EVs. Moreover, the growing utilization of polymers in electric vehicle components, such as tires, gaskets, seals, and suspension systems, is driving the market.

Additionally, elastomers offer superior sealing capabilities, ensuring efficient insulation and protection for critical EV components. With their durability, reliability, and ability to contribute to energy efficiency, elastomers are an essential component in the advancement of electric vehicles, which is acting as another growth-inducing factor.

On the contrary, engineering plastics play a vital role in the electric vehicle (EV) polymers industry, providing exceptional mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties that meet the demanding requirements of automotive applications. Additionally, the growing adoption of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for its flexibility, abrasion resistance, and resistance to oil and chemicals makes it suitable for EV cable insulation and connector seals.

Breakup by Region:

  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Others
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa

Asia Pacific exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest electric vehicle (car) polymers market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. 

The increasing adoption of electric vehicles in the Asia Pacific region is fueling the demand for lightweight and high-performance materials, including polymers, to enhance the efficiency and range of EVs. Additionally, the growing awareness among consumers about environmental sustainability and the desire to reduce carbon emissions is also contributing to the rising demand for electric vehicles, thereby driving the demand for polymers used in their manufacturing.

On the other hand, continual advancements in polymer technology, such as improved durability, thermal stability, and electrical conductivity, are propelling the growth of the EV polymers industry in North America as manufacturers seek innovative materials to enhance the performance and efficiency of electric vehicles.

Competitive Landscape:

The global electric vehicle (car) polymers market is experiencing growth across the globe with the development of lightweight polymers and composites that offer high strength-to-weight ratios, reducing the overall weight of EVs and enhancing their performance. Along with this, top companies introducing polymers that offer superior insulation, flame retardancy, and chemical resistance to safeguard batteries from environmental factors and prevent thermal runaway incidents are significantly supporting the market. Polymers with excellent electrical conductivity and insulation properties are needed for wiring harnesses, connectors, and other electrical components. This is encouraging manufacturers to develop conductive polymers to enable efficient power transmission and enhance overall system performance. Furthermore, top electric vehicle (car) polymers companies are developing polymers that offer enhanced ergonomics, adaptability, and sensor integration capabilities, which is contributing to the market.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the global electric vehicle (car) polymers market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • Asahi Kasei Corporation
  • Celanese Corporation
  • Covestro AG
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.)
  • Solvay

Recent Developments:

  • In March 2022, BASF SE and Zhejian REEF Technology Co Ltd signed an agreement to develop cutting-edge recyclate formulations for application in the automotive, consumer, and packaging industries. In accordance with this agreement, BASF SE shall provide technical support and consultancy for recycled polymer compositions tested at BASF test facilities as well as its recently unveiled IrgaCycle additive products.
  • In March 2021, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.) and Heng Hiap Sdn Bhd (HHI) joined to produce circular polymers from recovered mixed plastic and better recycling of unwanted plastics that are going into the ocean. Circular polyolefins from SABIC's Trucircle line would reportedly be used by its customers as solutions for new goods.
  • Celanese Corporation has acquired one of India’s largest engineering thermoplastics (ETP) compounder companies Next Polymers Ltd. in order to increase its footprint in the APAC region with a world-class domestic compounding facility and and leverage a potential export base.

Report Coverage:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
 Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment: 
  • Component
  • Type
  • Region 
Components Covered Exterior, Interior, Powertrain System
Types Covered

Elastomers: Natural Rubber, Silicone Elastomer, Synthetic Rubber, Fluoroelastomer

Engineering Plastics: Polypropylene, Polyphenylene Sulphide (PPS), Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Fluoropolymer, Polyurethane, Thermoplastic Polyester, Polycarbonate, Polyamide, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered Asahi Kasei Corporation, BASF SE, Celanese Corporation, Covestro AG, LyondellBasell Industries N.V., Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.), Solvay, etc.
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Key Questions Answered in This Report:

  • How has the global electric vehicle (Car) polymers market performed so far, and how will it perform in the coming years?
  • What are the drivers, restraints, and opportunities in the global electric vehicle (Car) polymers market?
  • What is the impact of each driver, restraint, and opportunity on the global electric vehicle (Car) polymers market?
  • What are the key regional markets?
  • Which countries represent the most attractive electric vehicle (Car) polymers market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the component?
  • Which is the most attractive component in the electric vehicle (Car) polymers market?
  • What is the breakup of the market based on the type?
  • Which is the most attractive type in the electric vehicle (Car) polymers market?
  • What is the competitive structure of the global electric vehicle (Car) polymers market?
  • Who are the key players/companies in the global electric vehicle (Car) polymers market?

Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the electric vehicle (Car) polymers market from 2018-2032.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global electric vehicle (Car) polymers market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the electric vehicle (Car) polymers industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

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