Auto Industry Looks to Aluminum Extrusions for Increased Performance and Solutions
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Posted by: Nancy Molenda
Automakers are employing an effective way to slim down electric vehicles, just as they have lightened their traditional combustion-engine lineup. They’re using more high-strength aluminum to provide the needed lightweighting. And they intend to continue to use the distinct capabilities of extruded solutions to make their vehicles more energy efficient, without sacrificing performance or aesthetics.
With increasing automotive safety standards and industry regulations, extruders have expanded their research and development capabilities to offer a complete solution to customers. These discussions begin during the design phases, with the end goal of creating customized solutions to meet both customer and industry demands. The extrusion industry is now not only offering expanded capabilities that go beyond supplying a specific component but also offering modeling and comprehensive testing to maximize performance and efficiency throughout the entire process.
Specifically, the use of aluminum and extruded aluminum products in a North American vehicle is anticipated to climb up to 30 percent over the next 10 years – to 565 pounds by 2028, representing 16 percent of the vehicle’s weight, according to Ducker Worldwide data.
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Image: Audi e-tron © Audi AG