“FutureSteelVehicle” combines advanced high-strength steels, steel technologies and design optimization techniques that mimic mother nature’s design efficiency...The result - lighter, safer structures for electrified or internal combustion engine vehicles – reducing emissions over the entire life cycle!...more
FutureSteelVehicle (FSV) is a three-year program that developed fully engineered, steel-intensive designs for electrified vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions over their entire life cycle.
The FSV features steel body structure designs that reduce mass by more than 39 percent over a benchmark vehicle and reduce total life cycle emissions by nearly 70 percent. This is accomplished while meeting a broad list of global crash and durability requirements, enabling five-star safety ratings, while avoiding high-cost penalties for mass reduction.
FSV also brings more advanced steel and steel technologies to its portfolio, including more than 20 new AHSS grades of materials expected to be commercially available in 2015 to 2020. FSV produces optimized shapes and component configurations often mimic Mother Nature’s own design efficiency, where structure and strength are placed exactly where they are needed for the intended function.
The FutureSteelVehicle program is the most recent addition to the global steel industry’s series of lightweighting initiatives offering steel solutions to automakers around the world. FSV follows the 1998 UltraLight Steel Auto Body, 2000 UltraLight Steel Auto Closures, 2000 UltraLight Steel Auto Suspension, and 2001 ULSAB-Advanced Vehicle Concepts programs. In total, this body of research represents an $80 million investment by the global steel industry.
5/17/2011 - Fact Sheet outlining the key findings on FutureSteelVehicle program.
5/17/2011 - Overview Report outlining the key findings on the FutureSteelVehicle program.
5/17/2011 - Final project results that provide fully engineered, steel-intensive designs for electrified vehicles.
12/4/2013 - Advanced steel suspension part helps automakers meet fuel economy standards.
11/27/2013 - Design News article addresses how the steel industry is working to help OEMs build cars that will meet the 54.5 MPG standards with AHSS technologies.
10/2/2013 - Competition awards scholarships to students who promote lightweight, stylized steel wheels.
The next generation of steels offer the best solution to automakers for lightweighting vehicles - one that does not sacrifice safety or affordability in helping meet the more stringent fuel economy standards.