The windshield is an integral part of a vehicle designed to filter dust, harmful rays, dirt particles, and raindrops from entering into the vehicle. More importantly, the windshield holds the frame of the vehicle, so it doesn’t fall apart under impact. Today, the windshield has seen some advancements in modern technology; as such, it is playing some roles. One of such roles is improved fuel efficiency.
The windshields designed today are made with AIS solar-glass which is a specialized glass with enhanced heat absorption abilities. The glass keeps the inner temperature of the vehicle cool and stable by sucking up the unwanted heat in the vehicle. Also, the glass keeps the interior temperature warm or cool enough according to the weather condition at a given time thus keeping the AC requirement to the barest minimum and improving fuel efficiency to significant levels.
While driving on the highway, most car owners or drivers have two major concern which defines the action they take on the road. One is the safety of the passenger and other road users considering that they value their lives and that of others. Another factor that is a major concern to road users is fuel consumption. At the rate by which some cars consume fuel, it’s safe to consider fuel efficiency. Fuel efficiency is the concern of most car owners; even at the point of purchase, some people put the fuel efficiency of a car into account before buying it. Thanks to the windshield designed today, both fuel efficiency and the safety of the occupants in the car is greatly improved.
Laminated glass is also one of the materials used to make windshield. Laminated glass which is a safety glass holds the windshield together in case of breakage. Laminated glass is produced by creating an ethylene-vinyl acetate or polyvinyl butyral between the glass layers. More importantly, laminated glass helps to boost the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. The air cooling system of a car consumes a considerable amount of fuel; laminated glass works by reducing the heat produced by the vehicle thus reducing the load resting on the cooling system. Researches and tests have shown that laminated glass used in the place of standard glass helps to reduce the inner temperature of vehicles by 6-7 degrees. As a car owner, you can coat a laminated windshield glass with infrared so you can park your car outside under any condition be it in the cold or hot weather. Laminated glass reduces the workload on the vehicle’s air conditioner thus improving fuel efficiency.
Furthermore, the light weight of the laminated glass is another factor that helps to improve fuel efficiency. It’s no surprise that car owners are now demanding for lightweight products considering that they boost the performance of vehicles.
For every 0.5mm reduction in thickness of a windshield, there is a reduction of 3kg per square meter in weight. So it’s safe to conclude that laminated glass improves fuel efficiency and also reduces the weight of the windshield.