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    The Value Proposition for Lightweighting in Electric Vehicles

    By Andrew Halonen, Mayflower Consulting LLC. Electric vehicles (EVs) and electrification of transportation in general are topics that dominate news outlets, magazines, and social media. OEMs, materials manufacturers, and those looking to capitalize on this new electrified economy are constantly sharing a barrage of information and data on new business models, the projected performance of […]

  • Figure 1. A Honda Pilot following the small overlap front crash test on the driver side. The position of the dummy shows that the driver compartment remained intact. (Source: IIHS.)

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    Aluminum Extrusions Prove Superior in Bumper Systems

    By Andrew Halonen, Mayflower Consulting LLC. The automotive business is rife with change as OEMs introduce new powertrains for hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs). Car companies are also spending billions in big bets on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), ride sharing, artificial intelligence (AI), and service businesses in an attempt to shift dollars from the […]

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E

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    Electric Vehicle Material Selection for Chassis and Suspension Components

    By Andrew Halonen, Mayflower Consulting LLC. Regardless of whether a vehicle features an electric or internal combustion engine (ICE), there are many factors that affect the fuel efficiency and range in its design. Efficiency losses can come in many forms, but are generally affected by factors such as aerodynamics, rolling resistance, friction losses, and weight. […]

  • 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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    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 […]

  • Tesla Model Y

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    Tesla Introduces Model Y with Hybrid Aluminum and Steel Body

    Tesla is developing its latest electric vehicle, the Model Y, a fully electric compact utility vehicle (CUV) that will have the longest range of any electric CUV or sports utility vehicle (SUV), lasting for 300 miles before needing to be recharged. Of this, 168 miles worth can be charged in 15 minutes at ‘supercharger’ locations around […]

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    ARTICLE: Dismantling and Analysis of Vehicles to Develop Optimal Applications

    By Lynn Brown, Contributing Editor. In order for automotive OEMs and Tier suppliers to develop aluminum applications for cars and trucks, they need to understand the capabilities of existing designs, whether sheet, extrusions, or castings, etc. Analyzing the use of aluminum in existing production vehicles to see how they compare is one way for a […]

  • Figure 4. Extruded battery enclosure design in the skateboard style for the Audi e-tron.

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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, […]