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ARCELOR and RESCOLL join the European consortium ALMA to lighten the structures of the future electric vehicle.

Rescoll’Blog / 8 mars 2021

According to the low emissions mobility strategy, the European Union aims to have at least 30 million zero-emission vehicles on its roads by 2030. Measures to support jobs, growth, investment, and innovation are taken to tackle emissions from the transport sector.

The ALMA project (Advanced Light Materials and Processes for the Eco-Design of Electric Vehicles) aims to improve the efficiency and driving range of electric vehicles by reducing the weight of the global vehicle.

The EU-funded project held an online kickoff meeting on February 23-24, in which nine partners from four European Union countries participated. This consortium for a European Commission Horizon 2020 project2 seeks to harness the collective strengths to collaborate across disciplines.

In order to improve the efficiency and driving range of electric vehicles (EVs), the weight of the global vehicle must be reduced.

Furthermore, increasing environmental awareness and forthcoming stricter regulations demands the adoption of circular economy principles across the entire vehicle life cycle.

This is a three-year project which aims to achieve innovation and sustainability. To respond to this challenge, ALMA will develop a novel battery electric vehicle (BEV) structure for a passenger car with 45% weight reduction potential compared to current baseline at affordable costs.

For this purpose, ALMA will develop a multimaterial modular platform made of a combination of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHHS), Advanced-SMC and steel-hybrid materials, characterized with multiscale model based tools.

The Circular Economy is at its core. ALMA will adopt circular economy principles from early stages through the application of eco-design strategies to create a novel BEV platform “made to be recycled”. For this purpose, it will use a structural reversible bonding technology to enable the separation of components at the end of-life (EoL) for repair and reuse. A groundbreaking health monitoring system based on acoustic emissions will be integrated in the structure to detect and locate damage while in service.

Finally, efficient recycling and material recovery options will be analyzed to complete the circular loop.

For more information on the ALMA project and its partners, download the press release: ALMA – Press Release KOF English

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