Curved Aluminium Components for Electro-Mobility
Electro mobility (e-mobility) is a general term for the development of electric-powered drivetrains designed to shift vehicle design away from the use of fossil fuels and carbon gas emissions. Aluminium, and specifically curved aluminium components are playing a large role in the development of new e-mobility inspired components.
Transport is the largest sector for aluminium products in Europe, making up around 40% of industry output. Its lightweight characteristics reduce the weight of a range of vehicles from passenger aircraft to cars, therefore increasing fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
Every kilogram of aluminium replacing steel in car manufacture reduces the overall weight of the vehicle by a further kilogram. This is why more and more car parts are now made from aluminium. As well as why industries are trying to find new and innovative ways to produce components out of aluminium. The lighter the vehicle, the longer the range on the same charge, making them cheaper to manufacture. Aluminium is also the perfect material for many of the components that electric vehicles use. Specifically, cooling solutions, battery frames and cables can now all be produced using curved aluminium components.
European Aluminium have created a fantastic infographic video discussing the future of aluminium use in electromobility:
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