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Aluminum Reduces Costs for Electric Vehicles

A new study conducted by Forschungsgesellschaft Kraftfahrwesen mbH Aachen for the European Aluminium Association and the International Aluminum Institute found that despite the fact that aluminum costs more than steel, a complete electric vehicle can be less costly when built with a significant amount of aluminum rather than conventional steel.

The study, as reported by Green Car Congress, suggests that automakers could offset the cost of aluminum by utilizing a lower capacity battery pack, since the aluminum vehicle weighs less than its steel counterpart. In other words, range is not sacrificed due to weight reductions garnered through the use of aluminum. The savings, estimated at $829 per vehicle, is significant as automakers consistently seek out savings of even a few cents on certain parts that go into production vehicles.
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