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    Ford Celebrates Production Start of New F-150s, Breaking Ground on Historic All Electric Plant

    On September 17th, Ford celebrated the production start of its all new aluminum-bodied F-150 trucks at its Ford Rouge Center manufacturing plant in Dearborn, MI. The new F-150 lineup includes multiple powertrain options, including the first ever PowerBoost hybrid and an all electric motor. In addition, the company also confirmed construction of the new Rouge 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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    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 […]

  • Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 AWD in Glacier Silver

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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 […]

  • Aluminum Content in European Passenger Cars

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    Aluminum Content in European Cars up 20%

    A new study, “Aluminum Content in European Passenger Cars,” published by European Aluminium estimates that the average aluminum content of European produced cars will reach nearly 180 kg in 2019, a 20% increase since 2016. The study also forecasts the average aluminum content will further increase to almost 200 kg per vehicle by 2025. The […]

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    ARTICLE: Constellium’s Automotive Structures Adapt to Automaker Specifications

    Automotive is a key pillar of Constellium’s overall strategy, accounting for 24% of the company’s sales in 2018 with further growth expected in the near future. This growth is reflected in the company’s recent investments in its global Automotive Structures business unit, with two new plants in Mexico and Slovakia. These new facilities enable the […]

  • Audi E-Tron Assmebly

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    Hydro and Audi Jointly Commit to Sustainable Aluminum

    Hydro formed an agreement with Audi, through which the aluminum producer will supply sustainable aluminum sheet for the battery housing of the e-tron — Audi’s first fully electric car model. Both partners are pursuing sustainability as an important goal in their corporate strategy and together want to reduce CO2 emissions from the use of aluminum. By 2025, […]

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    GALM Detroit 2019: Lightweighting and Advanced Material Solutions for Next Generation EVs

    The 8th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Summit Detroit (GALM 2019) is the world’s leading automotive lightweighting conference providing design solutions, modeling, material strategies, joining processes, advanced structures & manufacturing innovation insights. The new agenda reflects major automotive industry investment into a new generation of EVs and autonomous vehicles by established and start-up OEMs. The rapid […]