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Changing vehicles – impact on metals, plastics and energy

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Report summary

In this insight we look at how and why the materials used to manufacture vehicles have changed and discuss what future changes to material use in automotive mean for steel, zinc, aluminium, magnesium, plastics and energy. We believe that lightweighting will remain an important component in improving fuel economy and as a result we expect to see further changes to material use...  

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • The evolution of vehicle design
  • Modern ways to lose weight
    • Relative suitability of materials
  • What next?
  • Implications for steel
  • Implications for zinc
  • Implications for aluminium
  • Implications for plastics
  • Implications for magnesium
  • Implications for energy

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This report includes 7 images and tables including:

Tables

  • Changing vehicles – impact on metals, plastics and energy: Table 2
  • Changing vehicles – impact on metals, plastics and energy: Table 1

Images

  • Mass market cars have steadily increased in weight
  • Changing vehicles – impact on metals, plastics and energy: Image 2
  • Changing vehicles – impact on metals, plastics and energy: Image 4
  • Efficiency gains as a proportion of fuel demand on a total fuel basis
  • Changing vehicles – impact on metals, plastics and energy: Image 3

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