Lightweight design and electrified powertrain have become important strategies in the automotive industry to reduce fuel demand and break down emissions respectively. Lightweighting of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is considered a step forward because the advantages of both EVs and lightweight design could be combined to reduce environmental impacts even further. This paper would contribute to the advancement of knowledge in this field and it deals with the environmental analysis, by means of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), of composite-based and hybrid material lightweight solutions for EVs modules in comparison with the corresponding reference ones, by assuming no changes in the powertrain system (e.g. battery resizing). Particular attention is given to primary data collection to build the environmental eco-profiles of four innovative composites. Then, a four-level approach to interpreting LCA outcomes in a clear and comprehensive way is proposed in this paper.
M. Delogu, L. Zanchi, C.A. Dattilo, M. Pierini, Innovative composites and hybrid materials for electric vehicles lightweight design in a sustainability perspective, Materials Today Communications, Volume 13, 2017, Pages 192-209, ISSN 2352-4928
Project Title: Fabrication of Lightweight Aluminum Metal matrix composites and validation In Green vehicles Topic: LC-GV-06-2020 Advanced light materials and their production processes for automotive applications.
This Project has received funding from the European Community’s H2020. Programme under the Grant Agreement No. 101007011. The material presented and views expressed here are the responsibility of the author(s) only. Funding Scheme: H2020-LC-GV-2020