FEV examine highlights aluminum mass discount dynamics in battery-electric automobiles

FEV examine highlights aluminum mass discount dynamics in battery-electric automobiles


A examine commissioned by the Aluminum Affiliation and carried out by FEV North America, concludes that aluminum affords vital value financial savings to automakers as net-zero priorities drive automobile improvement, significantly in excessive quantity packages. The examine consists of an evaluation of three automobile segments—metropolis automobile, household crossover and pickup truck—and finds aluminum is an economically engaging mass discount device to enhance efficiency and effectivity in BEVs.

Aluminum is the quickest rising automotive materials, and because the trade makes a seismic shift to electrification, decisionmakers want a transparent view of how aluminum’s function evolves alongside this transition. The brand new information quantifies and reaffirms that as battery electrical automobiles develop into extra extensively out there decreasing mass by the appliance of aluminum, at optimized ranges, affords vital web value financial savings.

—Blake Zuidema, director of technical improvement for Novelis and Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) technical committee chair

This new examine—Aluminum Worth in Battery Electrical Automobiles (BEVs)comes on the heels of the aluminum trade’s launch of the 2022 Roadmap for Automotive Aluminum and serves as a decision-making device for automobile producers in search of to create worth in a quickly evolving market whereas advancing sustainability.

The examine additionally finds BEVs comprise larger aluminum content material than their inside combustion engine (ICE) counterparts with bigger, extra performance-oriented BEVs containing the biggest share of aluminum in comparison with smaller fashions.

Extra conclusions from the examine embrace:

  • Regardless of anticipated enhancements in battery value and storage density, aluminum light-weighting options are anticipated to stay economically engaging for no less than the following decade.

  • Gentle-weighting battery electrical automobiles with aluminum supplies further financial advantages when the complete gross sales fleet is taken into account, creating further financial profit and additional growing the financial viability of aluminum light-weighting.

The ATG will construct off this examine to tell future analysis on aluminum’s ever-evolving function in automobiles in the marketplace at this time and below improvement.


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September 2022