Steel’s Role in EVs, Autonomous Cars
Demand for advanced high-strength steels will continue as carmakers launch more electric and self-driving vehicles, says SMDI’s Jody Hall.
Demand for advanced high-strength steels will continue as carmakers launch more electric and self-driving vehicles, says Jody Hall, vice president Automotive Market, for the Steel Market Development Institute.
She notes the need for light but strong protection for an EV’s battery pack. Similarly, autonomous vehicle designs favor large side openings for easier entry and exit, which create structural design challenges that steel is well suited to meet, Hall says.
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Although all OEMs and suppliers do their utmost best to assure nothing but top-notch quality is achieved for their vehicles and systems, sometimes things simply go wrong because, well, that’s just how the Universe is.