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    2021 Ford F-150 Sticks with All-Aluminum Body

    The 2021 Ford F-150 pick-up truck was unveiled in June, and the new model is headed to showrooms this fall. Ford stuck with the all-aluminum body for the 2021 model, which rides on a steel frame. According to Ford, despite looking similar to current models, every exterior aluminum body panel on the F-150 is newly […]

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    Constellium Leads ALIVE Project to Develop New Al Battery Enclosures for EVs

    On June 25th, Constellium announced that it will lead a consortium of automotive manufacturers and suppliers to develop structural aluminum battery enclosures for electric vehicles. The £15 million Aluminium Intensive Vehicle Enclosures (ALIVE) project will be developed in the UK and funded in part by a grant from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) as a component of its […]

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    Nissan’s Rogue 2021 has More Aluminum Than Ever Before

    Last week Nissan released its new Rogue, their best-selling vehicle. The 2021 model features more aluminum throughout the body than previous iterations. Its hood, fenders, and doors are all made of aluminum. According to Nissan, some aluminum exists on the current-generation Rogue. “The new model just has an increase,” said Jeff Wandell, electric vehicle and […]

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    Xpeng Opens Up New Smart Factory for Its P7 Electric Vehicles

    Xpeng Motors launched production at the Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park, its new wholly owned factory in Zhaoqing, Guangdong province, China. The factory will manufacture the company’s super-long range, electric sports sedan Xpeng P7, which is constructed with a a steel-aluminum hybrid frame. Electric Sports Sedan The P7 is an electric sports sedan capable of providing high-performance, a super-long […]

  • An embodied system for quenching an extruded profile with an atomizing spray (Figure 6 in the Tesla patent).

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    Tesla Submits Patent Application for Extruded Aluminum Quenching Process

    Tesla, Inc. submitted a patent application, titled “System and Method for Facilitating Pulsed Spray Quench of Extruded Objects.” The patent application describes a quenching process that aims to increase the strength, rigidity, and energy absorption of 6000 series extruded aluminum components. During the extrusion process, the microstructure of the aluminum can have a significant impact on […]

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    ARTICLE: Ensuring Accurate Life Cycle Analysis for Automotive Lightweighting

    By Jinlong “Marshall” Wang, Aluminum Association; Jessica Sanderson, Novelis North America; Chris Moore, Consultant for Arconic; Duncan Pitchford, Hydro North America; Jerome Fourmann, Rio Tinto North America; Karah Davenport, Stratacomm; and Kenneth Martchek, Martchek Consulting The steel industry has made sensational life cycle assessment (LCA) claims about its products in automotive lightweighting applications over comparable […]

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    Volvo’s New Polestar 2 Electric Vehicle Uses Aluminum for Safety

    Volvo, the automaker known for making some of the safest cars in the world, has created a new safer electric vehicle by incorporating the battery within the aluminum structure of its upcoming Polestar 2.  Enclosed in an aluminum case for protection and rigidity, the battery pack is fully housed within the floor structure of the […]