EV Branding

New name, same conference. “The Summit” in Detroit this year comes with a new name that incorporates EV in the title.

The February meeting is still centered around lightweighting. Manufacturing innovations geared to meet the 2025 fleetwide fuel efficiency goal of 54.5 miles per gallon. Or, in the event the current administration rolls back the 2012 standards, an insurance policy in relevance by incorporating a focus on the EV market.


Lightweight PEV

It’s not completely about sustainability. Lightweighting puts less strain on a vehicles engine and improves handling. With respect to microsphere automotive applications in composites and trim, there’s another perk. Microspheres also provide thermal and acoustic insulation.

Technology improvements aside, new care sales in 2017 were a mixed bag when it comes to fuel efficiency. The schizophrenic demand may point to the fact that we have different preferences when it comes to buying a new car.  On one hand, PEV (plug-in vehicles) enjoyed their best year yet with over 1,000,000 vehicles sold. At the same time in a Reuters Article earlier this month, the average fuel efficiency of new cars sold actually dropped in December. Likely due to a heavier mix of truck sales. Fuel efficiency of all new vehicles sold in 2017 was 25.2 mpg, the same as 2016.


Conference Focus

The 2018 event will cover lightweighting innovations and practical solutions focusing on dissimilar material joining, corrosion mitigation and manufacturing new materials for vehicle large-scale production. It will also host a panel focusing on the current and future joining, manufacturing technologies to scale up production for EV vehicles.

Advanced Manufacturing Lightweighting Conference

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