LEVIS has recently reached an important milestone: completing the Specification Report of the demonstrators that will be developed during the project. Lightweight solutions for EV components are needed to compensate for the excess weight of batteries powering electric cars. Within LEVIS, the technical and economic feasibility of producing such lightweight EV components will be showcased by a suspension control arm (DEMO1), a battery holding set (DEMO2) and a steering column carrier group of the cross car beam (DEMO3).
The Specification Report of the demonstrators is a highly important document that describes the key requirements for producing a component with new features and will serve as a guideline for the demonstrators’ teams to follow during the whole development process.
This was reached thanks to a teamwork of the LEVIS consortium. Led by partner Leartiker, industrial partners Marelli, Tofas, Yesilova and Mersen took the first step by defining the requisites that the actual components must fulfil. These kinds of components must withstand mechanical loads, vibrations and other exposures that occur during the use of the vehicles.
Based on that reference point, the next step was creating the new idea for the LEVIS demonstrators, in order to include lightweight and multi-material solutions with critical thinking. Technological partners were involved in this stage of the process and contributed their expertise in defining the new innovative solutions. In that process, the use of the iEDGE toolkit developed by Cenex Nederland became a key aspect to detect and prioritise improvement options in the LEVIS suspension control arm, battery holding set and cross car beam carrier group. In this way, eco-design principles are taken into account from the very beginning of the design process of the demonstrators.
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