Lightweight Design worldwide

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 6–13 | Cite as

Multi-material bodies for battery-electric vehicles

  • Martin Heinz Kothmann
  • Andreas Hillebrand
  • Günter Deinzer
Cover Story Multi-Material Design

Audi has collaborated with 19 industrial and scientific partners to examine how multi-material lightweight design canbeefficientlyimplemented in large-scale production. For this purpose, engineers have developed a new technology- oriented lightweight body concept to meet specific requirements imposed by electromobility.

Large-scale Production Processes

The SMiLE project (System-Integrated Multi-Material Lightweight Design for E-Mobility, German: Systemintegrativer Multimaterial-Leichtbau für die Elektromobilität) aims at gaining a better understanding of the problems of multi-material design against a background of creating large-scale production processes for efficient lightweight design. The project centers on developing a new type of technology-oriented body concept using lightweight design to meet special electromobility requirements. The key focus is on using new materials and material combinations to reduce the weight of functionally integrated vehicle components for innovative...



The authors wish to thank the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for funding the project SMiLE — Multi-material Lightweight Designs for Electromobility (FKZ 03X3041A) — and all project partners for the successful collaboration and their active support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Heinz Kothmann
    • 1
  • Andreas Hillebrand
    • 1
  • Günter Deinzer
    • 1
  1. 1.Germany

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