Vehicle Lightweighting Pillar in DOE Plan
The U.S. Department of Energy recently released “EV Everywhere,” a framework outlining the DOE’s technical and deployment goals for electric vehicles. A pillar in the plan is lightweighting – the DOE aims to eliminate nearly 30 percent of vehicle weight. Specifically, by 2022 they aim to reduce weight by 35% for the body structure, 25% for the chassis and suspension, and 5% for the interior. When the plan’s goals are met, the average cost of an all-electric vehicle with a 280 mile range is projected to be comparable to that of a vehicle internal combustion engine of similar size.