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    October 2020

    Cover Automakers are moving deeper into the development of electric vehicles. For example, for the first time ever Ford introduced a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion in order to demonstrate the capabilities of electric powertrains. This is one of several models the company has developed with electric and hybrid electric […]

  • Lotus Evija – Lotus Cars is partnering with Brunel University London and Sarginsons Industries to develop Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture (LEVA) – electric vehicles

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    Lotus Partners with Brunel University to Develop Next Generation Electric Vehicles

    Lotus Cars is partnering with Brunel University London and Sarginsons Industries to develop Lightweight Electric Vehicle Architecture (LEVA). The aim of the project is to accelerate innovation in the development of lightweight structures for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), acting as a showcase for new, cutting-edge chassis and powertrain concepts. “This is great news for our industry and its […]

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    Special Applications of Aluminum Anodized Surfaces

    Complimenting our September 2019 International Patent Calendar (which focused mostly on methods of anodizing aluminum), this month’s collection of patents focuses on special applications of anodized aluminum surfaces. The uniqueness of anodized aluminum oxide coatings in terms of their chemical, physical, and mechanical properties has resulted in many innovations in various industrial and scientific fields, […]

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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 […]

  • Xpeng P7 electric sports sedan

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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 […]

  • EDAG - 3D printed automotive aluminum component

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    EDAG Develops Aluminum Alloy for Mass Production of 3D-Printed Vehicle Components

    EDAG Group in Germany,  together with eight project partners, has developed an aluminum alloy for the 3D printing of automotive components. The alloy was designed to provide higher strength and elongation at the breaking point — which is especially important in the event of a crash. Additive production has huge potential for revolutionizing the production of automotive […]

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    ARTICLE: The Coming BEV Wave: Implications for Extrusion

    By Lynn Brown, Consulting Collaborative, and Rob Nelson, Almag Aluminum. In the first nine months of 2019, it’s estimated that nearly 175,000 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in the U.S.1 Not surprisingly, almost 80% had the Tesla logo on the back, with 80% of those being the fast-selling Model 3. What may be surprising […]