Saving Weight with Aluminum Saves Money
When it comes to designing new passenger vehicles and commercial trucks, less weight can mean less cost to the manufacturer. This, in turn, can mean less cost to motorists and freight haulers.
Aluminum-intensive, lower-weight passenger vehicles need less fuel to operate, saving consumers money at the pump.
Automakers are taking a more holistic approach to creating cost-effective, efficient, eco-friendly and safe vehicles. Using more aluminum to reduce weight can be a catalyst for cost savings throughout the vehicle by accommodating smaller engines and consolidating assembly into fewer parts. This can all be done without sacrificing safety or performance.
And when aluminum is used to reduce commercial vehicle weight, it can generate reduced fuel and maintenance costs, higher payloads, increased durability and higher resale rates.
As automakers look for ways to reach ever-stricter fuel economy targets, research shows that using strong, light materials in automobiles is the only way to go.
Aluminum’s Cost Advantages
- Weight reduction with aluminum is a safe and cost-effective complement to maximize the benefits of other fuel economy improvement technologies, saving motorists money at the pump.
- No single technology can cost-effectively achieve a 50+ MPG fuel economy target without significant weight reduction. Using lighter aluminum reduces weight without downsizing vehicles.
- Fewer batteries are required to move lighter electric vehicles. Using advanced lighter-weight aluminum body structures can save up to $3,000 per vehicle.
- Secondary cost savings realized by weight reduction with aluminum offset a significant share of material cost premiums, making aluminum a cost-effective solution.
- Aluminum in automobiles accounts for 5 to 10 percent of scrapped automobiles by weight, but represents 30 to 50 percent of its scrap value.