EU LEVIS project to develop lightweight components for electric vehicles
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It was recently announced that thirteen partners from various European countries have started the first phase of the three-year EU-funded LEVIS project to develop lightweight components for electric vehicles (EVs) using multi-material production technologies and a circular economy approach. The consortium, made up of industrial partners and research centers from seven countries, and coordinated by the Technological Institute of Aragon ITAINNOVA (Zaragoza, Spain), will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of producing these profitable components in three major dimensions. , real-case demonstrators, including a suspension arm, the battery clamping and packaging system and a cross member.
“We will use multi-material solutions based on thermoplastic carbon fiber compounds integrated with metals, which will be produced through a set of cost-effective and scalable manufacturing technologies,” says Agustín Chiminelli, scientific coordinator of the project, Technological Institute of Aragon. “Thanks to their excellent mechanical properties, these composites, correctly combined with metals, are ideal for light applications. In this regard, LEVIS aims to develop solutions for these multi-material components based on resins and environmentally friendly reinforcement systems, cost-effective manufacturing processes, optimized seals, advanced simulation methodologies and technologies of structural integrity monitoring. The combination of these developments will allow us to obtain lightweight components. “
According to the consortium, these technologies could directly contribute to improving vehicle efficiency in terms of kilowatt-hours consumed per kilometer, as well as vehicle range (kilometers per complete battery cycle) and reducing environmental impact.
“The new lightweight components will be developed using a circular approach. This means that we will pay close attention to the use of recyclable materials and the design of the components so that at the end of the useful life of the components, nothing is wasted and each part can be recycled or reused for the same. component. or for other applications, ”says Theodora Skordili, Business Development Manager at Cenex Nederland.
Priority will therefore be given to recyclable resins and biobased and recycled carbon fibers to develop the components. In addition, the useful life of these components will be optimized, and they will be designed for easy and efficient disassembly and reuse.
The consortium, which will receive 4.9 million euros from the European Union (EU), has the ultimate goal of bringing these innovative components of electric vehicles to market. To do this, LEVIS will follow a structured operating strategy, with intellectual property protection, deployment of business models and an advanced marketing plan.
Project partners include the Technological Institute of Aragon ITAINNOVA; Marelli suspension systems (MSS, Ovidio, Italy); Mersen France Angers SAS (Verrières-en-Anjou, France); Privé srl (Perugia, Italy); Yeşilova Holding A.Ş. (Turkey); Tofaş Türk Otomobil Fabrikasi A.Ş. (Istanbul, Turkey); Northwestern Metallurgical Research Association (AIMEN, Spain); Association for the Development of Education and Research with Universities, Research Centers and Companies in Aquitaine (CANOE, France), Leartiker S. Coop (Markina-Xemein, Spain); Rise Sicomp AB (Öjebyn, Sweden); Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (Commission for Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies, CEA, Paris, France); Stichting Cenex Nederland (Amsterdam, the Netherlands); and Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation GmbH (SEZ, Karlsruhe, Germany).