Aluminium in automotive design

Automotive Webinars

Hydro is arranging a series of webinars relevant to automotive designers, engineers and others interested in learning how aluminium can and should be used in car design. The webinars will cover high-level topics related to automotive design as well as specific and detailed implications of aluminium applications in cars.

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Higher passive safety with the aluminium intensive L7e concept

The L7e concept car
Hydro's L7e concept vehicle has been created with the ambition to create a small but practical and extremely light car for urban use. The car is predominantly designed in aluminium, and in this episode we will elaborate on how such a vehicle can be designed to handle a crash in order to ensure passenger safety.


Presenter: Dr. Klaus Vieregge (Hydro Rolling)

Klaus has vast experience in aluminium innovation, design and the development of alloys for the automotive industry. He joined Hydro in 2014 and since then heads the R&D of Hydro Rolling.

Klaus holds a DSc in Physics from the Westphalian Wilhelms University Münster.

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The aluminium extrusion product design process for automotive

This is an expert session where we will take you through the innovation steps from idea to full scale production, exemplifying with two product cases: a crash component and a power transfer cable for electric vehicles. We will take you through the process steps such as choice of aluminium alloy, production pilot, simulation methods, various testing methods and of course the actual production.

Christer Jönsson
Jin Hou


Christer Jönsson and Dr. Jin Hou (Hydro Extrusions)

Christer has been with Hydro for more than 25 years in roles within R&D, Production Management and Operational Excellence. He is currently Director for the I&T R&D site in Finspång, Sweden. He has a Master of Science degree in Materials Technology from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
Jin received Doctoral degree from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and jointed Hydro’s R&D center in Finspång in 1998. He has more than 22 years experiences in research and product development in an industrial environment. His main research areas are aluminium alloys, extrusion process and application developments.

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Electric mobility and the economic reasons why we see an increased use of aluminium with e-mobility

Electric and hybrid vehicles are rapidly becoming the standard for new car development, and the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to further boost the market pull for these more sustainable vehicles. Although battery costs have a downward trend, they will remain a substantial part of the cost for electric vehicles for many years. In this webinar, Lars will focus on why we see an increased use of aluminium in BEVs, and why lightweighting with aluminium has an important role in saving the build costs of BEVs. He will also explain how this is influenced by factors such as battery costs and energy recuperation when braking.

Lars André Moen

Presenter: Dr. Lars André Moen (Hydro Aluminium Metal)

Lars has vast experience in aluminium innovation, automotive design and renewable energy, having worked for Hydro for many years, as well as for REC Solar Energy, DNV GL and the Norwegian energy provider Statnett.
Lars holds a Ph.D. in structural engineering from NTNU and an MBA from ESMT Berlin.

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Sustainable material selection from a carbon footprint perspective

The carbon footprint of the raw materials used to build vehicles is getting more focus as use-phase emissions decrease. This is particularly evident for electrically powered vehicles that are used in an area with a certain share of renewable energy in the electricity grid mix. Stig will discuss the carbon footprint of aluminium, and how it varies with production route. He will also present life cycle analyses of vehicles both with combustion engines and electrical engines. Finally, we will discuss how raw material selection can influence the carbon footprint of cars in the life cycle perspective, looking at both the effect of lightweighting on tailpipe emissions and the effect of lightweighting/material selection in the build phase.

Stig Tjøtta

Presenter: Dr. Stig Tjøtta (Hydro Aluminium Metal)

Stig has a 30-year long career in the aluminium Industry focusing on technology development and R&D. He is head of technology for the casthouse products division of Hydro Aluminium Metal.
Stig has a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Norwegian Institute of Technology and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Oslo.

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Why aluminium use in cars is increasing, and Hydro’s capabilities

The car industry is changing rapidly toward electrification and technology for smarter cars. New technology has great impact on the structure and design of cars, and in this webinar, Jonas will take us through the overarching dilemmas in automotive design, why aluminium is increasingly being chosen as material, and how Hydro develops new products and solutions that are adapted to the new reality in automotive manufacturing.

Jonas Bjuhr, Hydro Extruded Solutions

Presenter: Jonas Bjuhr (Hydro Extrusions)

Jonas has been with Hydro for close to 20 years in roles within technical development and innovation toward the automotive industry, with several OEMs on the customer list. Serving as chairman of the board in the Swedish Aluminium Association, he has broad knowledge of the industry and expertise in the area of sustainable design. Jonas has a Master of Science degree in Technology from KTH in Stockholm.

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