Enhanced Lightweight Design

  • Framework: FP7
  • Type: IP
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Category: Electrification (FEV/PHEV)
  • End Date: 30/09/2016
  • Vehicles: Passenger cars
  • Website: http://www.project-enlight.eu/

ENLIGHT aims to advance highly innovative lightweight material technologies for application in structural vehicle parts of future volume produced Electric Vehicles (EVs) along four axes: performance, manufacturability, cost effectiveness and lifecycle footprint. The main target is to develop viable and sustainable solutions for medium production volume EVs destined to reach the market in the next 8-12 years. In ENLIGHT each of the principal major weight-incorporating parts of a vehicle will be addressed directly by the five modules: a front module and central floor module, a front door, a sub-frame and suspension system as well as an integrated cockpit & firewall assembly.

The specific objectives of the ENLIGHT project are on holistic and integrated conceptual design and manufacturing concerning how the technologies and materials addressed can be combined into a representative medium-volume EV by around 2020. This design is targeted to have a 20% additional weight reduction compared to the targets that are pursued in the complementary ALIVE proposal.