Advanced High Volume Affordable Lightweighting for Future Electric Vehicles
- Framework: FP7
- Type: IP
- Status: Ongoing
- Category: Electrification (FEV/PHEV)
- End Date: 30/09/2016
- Vehicles: Passenger cars
- Website: http://www.project-alive.eu/
ALIVE is an EU collaborative research project that aims to develop key vehicle lightweighting technologies based on advanced metal and hybrid materials. ALIVE aims for application in near-future electric vehicles (EV) to be introduced into the market from 2020 and at a level of technology readiness that would enable mass production.
Affordable weight reduction is one key factor for a more intensive market introduction of electric vehicles. However, further weight reduction leads to an exponential cost increase. Avoiding such cost increase is the main challenge of the ALIVE project. Thus, the key objective is to achieve affordable solutions for vehicle weight reduction, targeting a 45 – 50 % weight reduction of the Body-in-White (BiW) comparing to benchmark state-of-the-art EVs recently introduced to the market, as well as a 25 – 30 % weight saving in the hang-on parts, chassis and main interior sub-systems.