Vehicle light weighting has become one of the biggest challenges faced by the automotive industry, with its impact on fuel economy and emissions, especially considering the new WLTP and RDE tests.
ALTEN manages the whole vehicle weight balance process and controls, for two German major automotive manufacturers, over nearly all car lines.
For light commercial vehicles, the average vehicle mass has increased by 10% within the last 7 years and is at an all-time high (source ICCT). From the smallest fasteners to entire vehicle architectures, ALTEN engineers are wringing excess weight out of new components and systems (chassis, body, windows, seats…) by:
- Calculating weight prognoses for various vehicles
- Benchmarking competitor’s vehicles weight and technologies
- Coordinating technical admissibility of weights with different design departments
- Preparing measure packages for weight reduction