European project LEVIS

Lightweight components for electric vehicles

LEVIS brings together 13 partners from seven countries with the goal to develop lightweight components for electric vehicles using eco-design and circular approaches.The project recently received €4,9 million from the EU as part of the research and innovation Horizon 2020 funding program.

Because electric cars are powered by heavy batteries, automotive manufacturers and suppliers must search for new lightweight technologies to compensate for this excess weight in other vehicle components. These technologies can directly contribute to improve vehicle efficiency in terms of kWh consumption per km and vehicle range (km with a full battery cycle) and reduce the environmental impact. For this reason, the LEVIS project is developing lightweight components for electric vehicles using eco-design and circular approaches. The EU is funding the project with 4.9 million euros.

In the project, the SEZ is supporting thirteen industrial and research partners from seven countries in the development of cost-efficient lightweight components for electric vehicles using eco-design and circular approaches. The technical and economic feasibility as well as the environmental impact will be demonstrated using three real-case demonstrators: a suspension arm, a battery box set and a cross-car beam. Multi-material solutions based on thermoplastic composites made of carbon fibres, optimally integrated with metals and manufactured using cost-effective and scalable production technologies, are used for this purpose. Thanks to their excellent specific mechanical properties, these composites are ideally suited for lightweight applications when properly combined with metals.

Recyclable and biologically produced resins and recycled carbon fibres are used to manufacture the target components. In addition, the component life will be maximized, and all structural components will be designed to allow their easy and effective disassembly and reuse. These innovative electric vehicle components will be introduced into the market by the end of the project. The SEZ is responsible for the dissemination and exploitation of the project results.

Project duration: 02/2021 - 01/2024

Countries involved: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey

Funding: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006888.

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