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    Consortium to Design New Lightweight Battery Casings for Electric Cars

    A consortium of companies and institutions in the U.K. launched a major new multi-million-pound project to help design new light-weight battery casings for the next generation of electric cars and ultra low emissions vehicles (ULEVs). The members of the consortium include Constellium, Impression Technologies Ltd, BMW, Volvo, Innoval Technology, Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology […]

  • 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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    BCAST Invests in New Light Metals Research Center

    Brunel University’s Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) in London is investing in the construction of a new light metals research facility, called the Future Metallurgy Centre. The project has been granted £16 million from the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). “We are very pleased with the £16m UKRPIF funding,” said Prof. Zhongyun Fan, director of […]

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    ARTICLE: Electric Vehicles Spike Demand for High Strength Aluminum Extrusions

    By Geoff Scamans, Innoval Technology and Brunel University. The majority of the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions now come from transport, a sector whose emissions rose by 2% according to the recently released 2016 figures from the U.K. Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Transport accounts for 26% of the U.K.’s greenhouse gas emissions, […]

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    Brunel Launches Advanced Metal Processing Centre for Automotive Aluminum Research

    Brunel University London opened its Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMPC) at the Brunel Center for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), which will enable R&D activity to enable innovations, such as lightweight car parts, to make the leap from the lab to full-scale industrial trials. This is the second phase of BCAST’s scale-up facility, following the launch […]

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    RACEForm Project Receives £4.8 million In Funding to Explore Rapid Aluminum Forming

    The Rapid Aluminium Cost Effective Forming (RACEForm) Project, a consortium of industry and academic partners lead by Impression Technologies, has been awarded funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre UK Ltd. (APC) to further develop and validate Impression Technologies’ hot form quench (HFQ®) Technology for use in the global automotive industry. The total project value is £9.5 million, with […]