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Business World Magazine

The luxury sedan market will likely be

the first to transition to self-driving

electric vehicles. Passenger comfort

and safety, and an expansive view of

the surrounding environment, are

expected to be top priorities for this


The hefty B pillars used in conventional

vehicles to meet structural require-

ments for crashworthiness are undesir-

able in a self-driving scenario. To ena-

ble large windows and an unobstructed

view without sacrificing passenger

safety, lightweight aluminum will be the

strong material of choice.

Supporting the eventual

transition to autonomous


In addition to the design challenges

presented by EVs, society’s demand

for sustainable solutions will likely

continue to be a driver in the transition

to aluminum-lightweighted vehicles.

A Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahr-

wesen mbH Aachen (fka) study, using

a Volkswagen Golf as its reference

vehicle, determined that an electric

aluminum-based vehicle could meet

the same safety standards as its steel-

based equivalent, while emitting 1.5

tons less greenhouse gases over its

lifecycle, taking into consideration pro-

duction, a total driving distance of more

than 93,000 miles (150,000 kilometers)

and eventual recycling.

Ongoing environmental



Aluminum alloys are ideally suited to the design challenges presented by electric

and autonomous vehicles. By aligning with aluminum partners deeply experienced

in developing processes and alloys to meet demanding performance requirements,

transportation vehicle OEMs are accelerating the pace of EV and self-driving vehicle

adoption throughout North America. .