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    Official: Is this 1,000-mile EV for real? [w/video]
    Phinergy and Alcoa show off a modified Citroen C1 with two battery types 1401839700

    If the groups behind it are to be believed, this little electric vehicle could travel 1,000 miles on a single charge. Battery developer Phinergy and metal manufacturer Alcoa have teamed up to demonstrate their aluminum-air battery in a small electric vehicle at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in ...

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    Study: Aluminum lightweighting does, in fact, save fuel

    When the best-selling US truck sheds the equivalent weight of three football fullbacks by shifting to aluminum, folks start paying attention. Oak Ridge National Laboratory took a closer look at whether the reduced fuel consumption from a lighter aluminum body makes up for the fact that producing ...

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    Official: Feds will provide $14.2 million for lightweighting efforts

    Volumes have been written about how much obesity costs the U.S. in terms of healthcare costs. Now, the government is looking for ways for cars to shed some pounds as well. The U.S. Department of Energy will provide $14.2 million in funding towards projects that develop materials to cut vehicle ...

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    Study: Lightweight automotive material segment to soar to $95 billion in 2017

    With the 2025 CAFE target set at 54.5 miles per gallon, the race to develop fuel-efficient vehicles is on. According to Frost & Sullivan, this race to 54.5 will necessitate a healthy dose of lightweight automotive components. Frost & Sullivan's latest report, "Prevalent Substitution ...

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    "Aluminum-Celmet" could boost electric vehicle range by 300%

    Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) is the Japanese company behind an innovation that could potentially lead to a serious rise in the capabilities of electric vehicles. If you haven't heard of SEI, that's okay. Please allow us to fill you in. SEI is a manufacturer of electric wire and optical ...

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    Study: Market for lightweight vehicle materials to grow to $125.3 billion by 2015

    According to a study conducted by BCC Research, the global market value for lightweight materials used in the transportation industry will grow to nearly $125.3 billion in 2015, up from an estimated $95.5 billion in 2010. This growth, says BBC Research, will be driven by automakers focused on ...

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    Video: dAlH2Orean, the aluminum can-powered RC car

    dAlH2Orean aluminum powered R/C car - Click above to watch video after the jump
    If you're having a hard time pronouncing this new R/C car's name, think Back to the Future. A two-man professor and student team created the dAlH2Orean, pronounced, yes, "delorean," as an homage to the classic film. ...

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    Study: Aluminum could reduce vehicle body weight by 40%; cut fuel consumption by 10%

    After analyzing 26 individual components in compact vehicles, the University of Aachen and the European Aluminium Association concluded that using aluminum in some automotive parts (illustrated by the graphic above) could safely reduce vehicle body weight by up to 40 percent, resulting in 2.7 ...

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    Report: Sub-1,800 pound Audi A2 in the works?

    Over the past couple of years, Audi has teased us with concept cars and leaked info indicating that the automaker's next-generation A2 may be offered with an electric-only powertrain, or maybe with some type of plug-in hybrid option. Now, the rumormill is blazing with reports that the upcoming ...

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    Report: Jaguar considers weight-reducing hybrid bodyshell for upcoming smaller models

    Jaguar may move to a hybrid bodyshell to reduce weight in its upcoming smaller vehicles that will slot in below the company's current models. Tata Motors, owners of Jaguar, recently announced that a lineup expansion for Jaguar will include an entry-level sedan and roadster, both aimed at competing ...

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    Audi shows off lightweight aluminum/carbon fiber A5 prototype

    Audi Aluminum A5 Coupe Prototype - Click above for high-res image
    As much as we like the Audi A5 with it's lovely lines and proportions and good driving dynamics, we have to admit that it's a bit porky. The lightest version currently available in the U.S. market is the 3.2-liter V6 quattro at ...

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    Ratan Tata: All future Jaguars and Land Rovers to feature aluminum construction

    2010 Jaguar XJ – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Jaguar has been touting the aluminum-intensive construction of its XJ sedan since the previous-generation model was introduced back in 2003. According to the automaker, the use of aluminum in lieu of steel can lead to an impressive 40 ...

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    Lotus garners award for new aluminum chassis of Evora

    Lotus is increasingly building on its 60 year history of creating more with less with all its recent efforts on electric and hybrid drive cars. Besides the powertrain work, Lotus has plenty of experience with lightweight structures. The latest evolution of that is the architecture of the new Evora ...

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    Lotus creates lightweight structures division

    The philosophy of Lotus founder Colin Chapman was always to make his cars as light as possible. He is reported to have said at various times "to add speed, add lightness" and "simplicate, than add lightness." Over the years, Lotus cars have often been among the lightest of their kind and ...

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    Next-gen Audi A6 to go on an aluminum diet

    Audi has been on the forefront of using aluminum in its cars since the original A8 debuted in 1994. Since then, the German manufacturer has used what it calls the Audi Space Frame (ASF) for the mini A2, the TT and the R8 sports car. When the next-generation A6 debuts in 2010 it will be the first ...

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    New York preview: ethanol-powered, aluminum Saleen S5S Raptor goes 200 MPH

    America's super car company Saleen is showing a little green. Autoblog reports Saleen's S5S Raptor, which debuts at the New York Auto Show this week, will run on ethanol and have a lightweight aluminum body. We only have an air brushed picture (above) to show you for now but will post pictures and ...

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    Instructable of the day: Making hydrogen from soda cans using liquid metal

    Do you remember when we told you about the scientists from Purdue who were working on a technique to produce hydrogen on-demand from aluminum using gallium and water? It seems that there are some enterprising individuals who were intrigued by the work of Dr. Woodall's experiments. Take a look at ...

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    Video: Lotus, Ferrari, Tesla are using lightweight aluminum in their cars

    As you can see in the video above, aluminum is the latest thing in sport car body frames. Ferrari is working with Alcoa on the aluminum "space frame" which weighs just 440 pounds, one third the weight of a steel frame. The way the frame is put together is also very important. Tesla worked with ...

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    Purdue: on-demand hydrogen from aluminum, gallium and water

    Anybody still interested in seeing a car run on water? Yeah, me too. We don't mean a car with an engine running on steam, either; we are talking about hydrogen. So far, we've seen nothing that leads us to believe that hydrogen can be separated from water quickly or efficiently enough to extract ...

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    Increase in aluminum use saves 1 billion liters of fuel per year in Europe

    Aluminum use in Europe has grown from 100 to 290 lbs per car since 1990 and is expected to add another 55 lbs by 2010. The weight reductions from replacing steel and other materials with the lighter metal have contributed to annual fuel consumption reductions of about 250 million gallons according ...


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