Opportunities and Challenges for Aluminum in Electrical Vehicle Structures

December 03, 2020

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As electric vehicles proliferate, lightweighting will become even more important to help boost efficiency and increase driving range. Aluminum is expected to play a key role in such applications, with increased use in structural components.

 

 

 

 

Primary Topics:

  • Material usage forecasts through 2030
  • The role of fuel economy and emissions regulations
  • Lightweighting requirements for structural components
  • Housing high-voltage batteries
  • Design opportunities and challenges for “skateboard” platforms

 

Presenters:

 

Abey Abraham

Managing Director, Automotive and Transportation; DuckerFrontier

Abey leads DuckerFrontier’s automotive and materials practice. He directs multiple client engagements in technology trend assessment, supply chain strategy, competitive analysis, voice of customer, market size and segmentation, and data modeling. Abey has almost 15 years of experience in the automotive and materials space, understanding key drivers and strategic elements of supplier development, lightweighting, materials substitution, and joining.

 

Ganesh Panneer

Vice President and General Manager, Automotive; Novelis

Ganesh Panneer joined Novelis as a director of corporate strategy transitioning into the North America automotive director of sales position. Ganesh leads Novelis’ North American automotive business, including sales activities, program launch and development, supply chain and logistics, service and order fulfillment, and demand forecasting. Ganesh also has served as the chairman of the Aluminum Association's Transportation Group since 2006.