ArcelorMittal has presented a new car door solution which cuts the weight by up to 34% compared with the existing steel car doors.
ArcelorMittal’s global R&D automotive team has proven that using the available technology it can be achieved a 27% weight saving and cost cut, without having to compromise structural and safety requirements. The team also took into consideration the advanced technology and high strength steels which will hit the market in the following years, and created more solutions that will offer greater weight savings, of almost 34%.
Reducing the weight of vehicles is necessary for automakers as they have to meet tougher regulations. The European tailpipe emissions regulations will be applied beginning with 2015, while those in the US, for fuel economy and tailpipe emissions, will be applied from 2021. By reducing the weight of the vehicle by around 12 kg automakers can save one gram of CO2-equivalent emissions per km or 1.6 g/mile.
“This is the next step for us in continuing to offer weight saving solutions and subsequently cost savings to our customers. Automotive is one of our franchise businesses and we are discussing with all the major OEMs to work with them to integrate these new solutions into the design of future cars,” said Brian Aranha, vice president automotive worldwide.