This edition features insights on how manufacturing engineers and designers are taking new approaches to vehicle architectures and production to integrate lighter, more efficient materials – especially for EVs – to reduce weight and improve sustainability. Featuring Ford, Gestamp, Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal, Dreistern and more
Weighing the options – carmakers prioritise lightweighting in EV design and manufacturing
Lightweighting vehicles and components is not new to automotive engineers and manufacturing experts. For years, OEMs and suppliers have worked to reduce weight to ensure that vehicles fuel economy improved. Now, two trends in vehicle sales and output are making lightweighting even more important: the sharp rise of SUV and light truck sales growth, and the quickening transition to electric vehicles. These shifts have made it even more important for manufacturers to use lightweight, high-strength materials, for example in reducing fuel consumption in larger vehicles. For electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries and battery enclosures add significant weight to vehicles, with manufacturers looking to materials across exteriors and interiors to offset this weight. In both cases, engineers and designers are paying more attention to design-for-manufacture and reductionist principles to simplify or even eliminate every part possible.
This issue offers insight and case studies on best practice in lightweighting and design-for-manufacture.
Teaser - AMS Lightweighting 2021 – Weighing the options