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The key to realize vehicle lightweight depends on the selection of application materials
- 2020-04-29-

The key to the realization of automobile lightweight lies in the materials application. Considering that there are more and more lightweight parts, such as wheels, body, engine, etc., the materials used in different parts are not the same. For example, the safety parts and chassis are made of high-strength steel, and the support is made of magnesium alloy.

The mass of the car body accounts for 1 / 3 of the whole car, and it is the most critical module of vehicle lightweight. From the perspective of applied materials, the key to the realization of body lightweight materials are aluminum alloy, magnesium alloy and carbon fiber. Among them, carbon fiber has better performance, but the cost is very expensive. At this stage, such material is used for super running. Magnesium alloy has good flexibility, strong shock absorption, and light weight (about 40% of aluminum alloy). Magnesium alloy used on European and American vehicles is about 5 kg / car, less than 1 kg / car in China, while aluminum alloy consumption is as high as 125 kg / car. There is still room for growth, but the problem at this stage is that the price is high and the output is deficient. Only 2000 tons of magnesium output is used in the field of transportation industry (including rail transit) every year in China. The large-scale application of magnesium in automobiles has not been started. China is the largest country in magnesium mines, and there will be no difficulty in the future in output increase. If the price of magnesium alloy can decrease, it may be a new blue ocean in the future.

Compared with the former two materials, at this stage, the high performance-price ratio of aluminum alloy should be the best. Not only the strength can be compared with high strength steel, but also the advantage in weight is very obvious.

From the perspective of market scale, according to the statistical data of Huatai Securities, in 2014, the average aluminum consumption per vehicle in China was less than 110kg, while that in North America was 158kg, and that.