Weight reduction is again a priority across the industry, as strict new regulations push for greater vehicle efficiency/CO2 reduction in the US and Europe. From the smallest fasteners to entire vehicle architectures, engineers are wringing excess weight out of new components and systems, while looking for new ways to lighten existing designs.
Although the motivations for and benefits of automotive weight reduction are plentiful, a number of barriers exist to the development of lighter, more streamlined and mass-efficient vehicles. The IHS SupplierBusiness Weight Reduction in Automotive Design report looks at weight saving methods, competition between OEMs, barriers, drivers and government regulation.
Emissions Regulations by Region
The long-established battle between aluminium and steel
Future use of aluminium – and geographic variations
Plastics and composites – the alternative to steel and aluminium
Jaguar Land Rover
Feedstock capacity constraint, but which feedstock?
Search for a process for mass production
A different supply base
Thermoplastic Polyester Engineering Resins
Aromatic Ketone Polymers
Table 1: Passenger car CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, normalized to NEDC
Table 2: C-class estate % weight of body by lightweight metals