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Welcome to the September 2016 edition of AluDrive, the automotive and transport newsletter from the European Aluminium sponsored by Alcoa, Aleris, AMAG, Constellium, Hydro, Novelis, SAPA and Rio Tinto. This edition is special edition of Aludrive dedicated to the European Mobiilty Week.

Smart mobility: sustainable and safe aluminium vehicle solutions

Novelis scientists and engineers have designed unique high strength 6000-series and 7000-series alloys specifically fit for components that protect passengers in the case of vehicle impacts. The new Advanz 7000-series, designed for vehicle bumper systems, crash ring components and door intrusion beams, has shown to be two to three times stronger than conventional aluminium alloys in our laboratory tests. These high strength alloys – developed and tested in our Global Research and Technology Center - build on aerospace technology to make automotive aluminium that exceeds the weight saving potential of high-strength steels.

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Aluminium on board as electric touring cycle storms the world

A group of students developed world’s first electric touring motorcycle STORM. Calling e-mobility the future, the team from Eindhoven University of Technology wishes to demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles and sustainable transport. They are taking the cycle across the world in 80 days. In August the expedition started from Europe into Asia and North America – driving 26,000 kilometers.
The heart of STORM is the battery pack. 24 cartridges with 28.5 kWh each allowing for a range of 380 kilometers on a single charge. The custom-made cartridges are extruded aluminium profiles, edged, cut, tapped and anodized by Sapa.

STORM will be at the ALUMINIUM 2016 in Düsseldorf, Nov 29 – Dec 1.

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Good passivation a key enabler for joining lightweight parts

Aluminium car body parts need safe and durable joining to other components. Here, good passivation is a key enabler – and Hydro excels by spraying Oxsilan®.
Structural parts for body in white require safe bonding, which benefits from best previous passivation. Spraying features at the Grevenbroich plant, most modern on the upcoming 150 ktpy line for car body sheet, allow for swift, high-precision application on the strip, at the least environmental impact thanks to a no-rinse procedure. Oxsilan® passivated strip allows OEMs to define safety against rupture solely by the adhesive strength, as the sheet withstands everything. This is proven in adhesive bonding tests when two metal pieces are glued together and then torn apart: the split sheet parts remain intact themselves, with an even share of adhesive still on them.

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Blog: Lightweighting: driving low carbon mobility for Europe

Following the historic COP21 agreement, European car manufacturers will have to use every tool in their toolbox in order to meet its specific emissions targets in a cost-efficient way. Looking back, much of the focus has been on improvements to engine efficiency and to some extent on downsizing engines. Although electrification will undoubtedly play a large role in the future, the obvious but often overlooked solution is lightweighting.
Read about how lightweighting can play a bigger role in the future in this blog!
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