ALMA: Advanced Light MAterials and processes for the eco-design of electric vehicles

To improve the efficiency and driving range of electric vehicles (EVs), one strategy is the weight reduction of the entire vehicle. There are already available solutions based on advanced light materials with promising structural properties but these solutions still need further development to increase their Technology Readiness Level (TRL) and market outreach. Furthermore, increasing environmental awareness and forthcoming stricter regulations demands the adoption of circular economy principles across the entire vehicle life-cycle.

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Design for Sustainability (D4S) and Design for Circularity (D4C) for the automotive industry using state-of-the art sustainability assessment tool

To decarbonize the automotive value chain, innovations that enhance the life cycle and circularity performance of the vehicles are needed at a faster pace. To support this decarbonization goal, ALMA, an EU-sponsored Horizon 2020 project, aims to develop a novel, lightweight structure (at TRL 8) for a battery electric vehicle that has lower environmental impacts compared to conventional design. ALMA project applies a two-level approach: 1) holistic eco-design of the novel vehicle structure and 2) adoption of circular economy principles across the entire vehicle life cycle.

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