Lightweighting stays relatively young concept of the automotive industry. Nevertheless, over the past decade it has been deploying over all the industry sectors, becoming an important subject for research and development.
With European commission setting more and more strict regulations for Driving Emissions in attempt to minimize carbon footprint, car manufacturers face an uneasy dilemma – to meet the requirements or to pay increasing penalties. One of the most ergonomic and environmental-friendly options – slowly but thoroughly increase the share of electric vehicles in production.
Despite numerous attempts to bring lightweighting into discredit doubting safety qualities of lightweight materials, it was scientifically proven that these materials are not only as good but at some point are even better than regular steel. At the same time concept designers don’t stop conducting the research on safety subject.
Lightweight materials are well known as expensive way to improve the design. However, experts are sharing the opinion that the gap in prices between steel and lightweight alternatives will shrink through upcoming years (especially on the background of rising penalties for the carbon footprint).
Electric vehicles can be considered as the ultimate aim for lightweighting. While lightweight materials can be used in regular vehicles design only on partial basis, in electric vehicles they obtain perfection in use – allowing flawless unibody design concepts.
Nowadays we observe increasing awareness among the consumers connected to their estimation of the environment impact humanity make. Remembering the world industry trends, moving towards the renewable energy sources and nature protection, electric vehicles seem to be an obvious future of the automotive industry.
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