Aluminum for the automotive industry – Aluminum in electric vehicles
Light-weighting with aluminum is one of the most effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of electrical and hybrid vehicles. Hydro designs and manufactures lightweight components for electric and hybrid vehicles.
How aluminum contributes to light, safe and more sustainable electrical cars
Lighter cars need less electricity to travel the same distance. Maintaining excellent crash-worthiness, our modular aluminum solutions for electric vehicle battery packs can lower costs in production and operation and offer maximum design flexibility.
Aluminum plays a significant role in the light-weighting of electric and hybrid vehicles, and Hydro develops cutting-edge solutions. Hydro components made from aluminum for EV’s include battery packs and enclosure frame solutions for all electrical vehicles. Other products include SC-13® busbars, alumnum battery cables, heat sink systems, motor housings, cabin heaters and structural body components.
Lightweight battery packs
Reducing weight is one of the most effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of electrical and hybrid vehicles. Lighter cars need fewer or smaller batteries to travel the same distances. Combining these lightweight components with aluminum thermal management and aluminum cables, you can make your electric and hybrid cars stay cool and light.
We design and manufacture lightweight battery packs and enclosure frame solutions for all electrical vehicles. Together with our SC-13® busbars and aluminum battery cables, they reduce weight and save costs. These components are also useful in hybrid models, where the battery is placed away from the engine. Aluminum is also an excellent choice for electric vehicle chargers.
Greener aluminum lowers electric vehicle emissions throughout the life cycle
When you use greener materials such as low-carbon aluminum, you will improve the footprint of your electric vehicle, not only in the production of the vehicle, but in its use phase.
With the move to electrification, the materials footprint of a car will soon be more important than the tailpipe emissions. We know sustainability is one of the drivers for choosing electric vehicles. That is why Hydro is developing materials and producing them in the right way, to ensure you receive what you need to meet your sustainability targets. Aluminum is completely and infinitely recyclable, with no loss of properties.
Hydro CIRCAL recycled aluminum
Hydro CIRCAL is our range of products made with recycled, post-consumer scrap. Using recycled aluminum, Hydro is able to drastically reduce energy use in the production phase while still being able to offer high-quality aluminum products.
Operating the most advanced aluminum sorting technology in the industry allows Hydro CIRCAL to provide some of the highest recycled content aluminum in the market. Currently we offer Hydro CIRCAL 75R that contains a minimum of 75% post-consumer scrap. The higher the recycled content, the lower the carbon footprint.
Hydro REDUXA is our series of low-carbon aluminum. By using renewable energy sources like hydro power, Hydro REDUXA reduces the carbon footprint to 4kg CO2e per kg of aluminum (less than a fourth of the global average). The result is aluminum with one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints – maximizing sustainable opportunities for our customers in the automotive industry.
Using renewable energy from water, wind and solar, Hydro can produce cleaner aluminum than ever before.