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Jul 20, 2016

SCANIA´s * Sweden: Researching 40% weight reduction on trucks

* Stockholm - Scania of the future to be made of the right stuff

--- The use of composite materials in the structure of a vehicle’s chassis can reduce weight by up to 40%, according to new research from Scania and Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology... New lightweight materials such as composites will play an increasingly large role in the heavy vehicles of tomorrow, particularly in city buses and distribution trucks... Working in association with researcher Magnus Burman from Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Scania is investigating the potential for using lighter materials in both chassis structures and other load-bearing parts of vehicles... Reduced vehicle weight, or so called structural weight, means more cargo per transport shipment and, as a result, the potential for fewer runs. This light, self-supporting structures could replace the traditional frame... Scania has produced a vision for an integrated lightweight chassis made from carbon fibre composite-material and adapted for use in a long-range, completely electric vehicle... The light, self-supporting structure borrows materials and design concepts from the aviation industry. The battery is located in the space in the middle.represents a major opportunity both for the environment and for future electrified solutions of various kinds... 
(Photo: Scanias of the future will be made of composite materials) -- Stockholm, Sweden - Big Rigs (Australia) - 20th Jul 2016

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