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Electric Vehicle Component Sizing vs. Vehicle Structural Weight Report

Electric Vehicle Component Sizing vs. Vehicle Structural Weight Report

This research report was performed by Ricardo Inc. and funded by The Aluminum Association to evaluate the benefits of structural and powertrain weight reduction on vehicles with hybrid and electric powertrains. In the study, simulation tests were performed by changing structural weight and battery capacity to achieve a range of 40 and 80 miles. It was concluded by using lightweight structural components, vehicles with smaller and less expensive batteries would be able to travel the same range as vehicles with larger more expensive batteries and steel components. However, the extra costs of the lightweight structural components vs. the savings on batteries were not presented.

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