Lightweighting of existing and new platforms is essential towards sustainability
As public pressure, together with governmental intervention and climate efforts of businesses to decarbonize transport increase, electrification – as a solution – is not alone. Lightweighting is a key element that can enable OEMs to continue to meet this next generation of emissions targets, and deliver vehicles that are ‘greener’, and play a key role in the road to sustainability.
Adopting a light-weighting strategies is essential for not only internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to reduce emissions and get more out of every drop of fuel, but also for electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers striving to increase range from a single charge. A 10% reduction in vehicle weight can result in a 6%-8% fuel economy improvement, while the same reduction for EVs, suggest a 13.7% increase in range.
Every bit of weight then, counts! Especially when talking about trucks and heavier vehicles, and vehicles in charge of the logistic chain, the benefits and potential are even greater. Every kilo (kg) taken off a truck can reduce significantly its environmental footprint, and at the same time can be another pound of payload capacity delivered. It can allow carrying more supplies, tools and equipment, adding up to improved productivity and efficiency.
But how do you cut vehicle weight without compromising material integrity and passenger safety and without affecting the bottom line? We have been working with prestigious clients in developing new concepts for lightweight vehicles using new materials, manufacturing processes, hybrid structures, and much more. We have also been working in redefining with advanced optimization techniques and a holistic approach, the existing structures and designs, and finding ways to lightweight vehicles without increasing operational cost for manufacturing and assembly, or need for excessive capital expenses.