ThyssenKrupp will this week debut dozens of automobile technologies that will help car manufacturers make cars more energy efficient and lightweight, with weight savings of up to 60 percent and cost reductions of up to 10 percent.
At the SAE 2015 International World Congress April 21-23 in Detroit, ThyssenKrupp says it will present more than 40 solutions for automotive efficiency via its new InCar plus, which encompasses technologies for the areas of powertrain, chassis and steering and body.
InCar plus enables original equipment manufacturers to understand from the outset how the use of lighter materials and an improved powertrain will reduce the carbon footprint of their vehicles, the company says. The technologies allow manufacturers to reduce carbon dioxide emissions up to 8 grams per 0.6 miles, according to ThyssenKrupp.
InCar plus was developed with insight from the business areas of Steel Europe, a material partners to auto manufacturers; Components Technology, an automotive component supplier; and Industrial Solutions, with its System Engineering business unit one of the market leaders for engine and transmission assembly. A total of 100 engineers from eight companies at 15 locations worked on the project.
In other efforts to improve cars’ efficiency, Ford and DowAksa have signed a joint development agreement to develop cost-effective, high-volume manufacturing of automotive-grade carbon fiber.