Addressing The Need For More Efficient Vehicles
Nowadays, there is an urgent need for increasing fuel/energy efficiency in both conventional and electric vehicles. To date, lightweighting initiatives have resulted in several innovative solutions based on steel, aluminium, composites and hybrid materials. However, the majority of efforts have failed to reach widespread adoption due to the high costs, indicated by the cost of lightweighting (∆cost/∆weight). The high cost is a result of several factors, including the cost of materials (e.g. carbon fibre reinforced plastics), long cycle times, investments in new machinery.