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Up to £1,350,000 for innovations in niche vehicle weight reduction and recyclability

The Niche Vehicle Network, Technology Strategy Board, and OLEV will jointly fund £1,350,000 for the 2013-14 call for collaborative R&D projects in Niche Vehicles. This...

UK Carbon-fibre suppliers "ready to exit the pits"

A report in last Thursday's Financial Times - entitled Carbon-fibre suppliers ready to exit the pits  (registration may be required) - features an interview with Peter Chivers, chief...

Nissan to use advanced high tensile strength steel in up to 25% of new model parts

Nissan today announced its intention to expand usage of Advanced High Tensile Strength Steel (AHSS) in to up to 25% of the vehicle parts (measured by weight) installed in its new production...

£16.5million technology challenge in low carbon vehicles competition now open

Open for registrations now!  £16.5m competition in highly innovative collaborative R&D projects within low carbon vehicles that aim to achieve significant cuts in CO2 from...

£16.5 million low carbon vehicles competition opens early 2013

The Technology Strategy Board, in partnership with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is investing up to £16.5m in highly...

Latest Nissan Leaf sheds 80kg - and reduces use of one rare earth metal in its motor

Nissan made two electric vehicle announcements today: the availability in Japan of an enhanced Leaf model and a reduction in use of rare earth metal usage in its electric motors .  ...

French car parts maker Faurecia to jointly research advanced industrial processes for composites with Fraunhofer ICT

Faurecia and the Fraunhofer ICT (Institut für Chemische Technologie) have signed a framework agreement to jointly perform R&D on “Engineering and prototypes for advanced...

Metallic foams for lightweighting

Free seminar to understand the possibilities of metallic foams A few places are still available to attend this free seminar at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry on the...

Amber Composites wins 5 year contract to supply Tier-1 car maker having established supply chain for composite solutions

Nottingham based Amber Composites has announced that it has been chose as supplier for the primary structure for a tier-1 car maker. Without confirming the maker directly, the image shown...

Iveco claim reduction in TCO of up to 12% for its lighter LNG commercial vehicles

Iveco , the Fiat Industrial owned manufacturer of commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, city and intercity buses and coaches, has demonstrated its natural gas powered range at the...

RNLI reveals lighter and faster Shannon class advanced lifeboat

On 25 September, the RNLI unveiled a prototype of the Shannon - its latest and most advanced class of lifeboat . The Shannon is the first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water...

Caged Laser Engineering attempting pioneering titanium welding methods - hoping for 30-40% chassis weight saving in Arial sports car

As mentioned here briefly during LCV2012,  Caged Laser Engineering were one of the five recipients of Niche Vehicle Programme funding, to fund an investigation of the viability of...

New ‘Unibody’ Range Rover with all-aluminium monocoque body offering 39% weight saving

Land Rover last week officially launched a redesign of its flagship Range Rover models, with the claim that it is the world’s SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body...

Titanium tubes win bid for grant funding for lightweight low volume production

Caged Laser Engineering , in partnership with Ariel Ltd and Reynolds Technology , have won part of a £900,000 Niche Vehicle Network, OLEV and Technology Strategy Board grant. They...

Carbon Revolution develops one-piece carbon composite wheel - first for the Porche 911

Australian company Carbon Revolution claims to have developed the world's first one-piece carbon fibre composite wheel for cars . It’s first commercial production carbon fibre...

GM investing in NanoSteel as a potential 'game-changer' in steel lightweighting

#next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; } General Motors ' venture capital arm is to invest...

Award to promote mixed material lightweighting solutions in the auto industry announced by US simulation technology provider Altair

#next_pages_container { width: 5px; hight: 5px; position: absolute; top: -100px; left: -100px; z-index: 2147483647 !important; } Altair , a provider of simulation technology and...

Composites in Ships

We'd like to draw your attention to a new group, Composites in Ships  which the Materials KTN is sharing with the Transport KTN. There is great potential to use more composite...

Carbon fibre materials need to be much cheaper before use in volume production monocoque designs

Carbon fibre reinforced plastics, as used in high end motor racing, and much imitated to imply 'high tech' in many a cheap plastic moulding, may not reach mainstream use for main car...

BMW demonstrates 50% weight reduction for protype magnesium rear seat back for its 3-Series car

At the first TeMaKplus workshop ( TeMaKplus user-workshop on 10 May 2012 ), BMW demonstrated a protoype magnesium rear seat backrest for the BMW 3-series, weighing just 5.45kg : a 50% weigh...
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Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project - realising the benefits

The drive towards to reducing carbon footprint from transport activites is supported  by...