Vehicle lightweighting: Steel takes up the challenge


While engineering plastics and carbon fiber-reinforced composites are viewed as key enablers in vehicle lightweighting, steel is not yet ready to give up the ghost. Case-in-point: Korean steelmaker POSCO (Pohang) has reported the development of "a safer and lighter steel body" specifically for electric vehicles.

Dubbed PBC-EV (POSCO Body Concept-Electric Vehicle), the development enables a 25% weight saving over previous vehicle bodies, while its safety has also reportedly been proven by satisfying all international collision safety regulation standards, which will start to be applied in 2015.
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