Atlanta-based Novelis, an aluminum rolling and recycling company, has announced it has expanded its automotive supply capabilities by signing an agreement with Munich-based car company NIO to provide aluminum solutions for its fleet of electric vehicles.
NIO will use Novelis Advanz aluminum alloys to create a wide range of structural components and parts for its aluminum-intensive NIO electric SUV models to be launched over the next five years. NIO has North American headquarters in San Jose, California.
The NIO partnership marks Novelis’ first major commitment in the premium electric vehicle space. Novelis says it is positioned to meet the increasing demand for automakers designing a new generation of lighter, better performing and more fuel-efficient vehicles. Supply for NIO will come from Novelis’ Changzhou plant, China’s first facility dedicated to manufacturing heat-treated automotive sheet, which demonstrates Novelis’ long-term commitment and capability to supply product in Asia for auto manufacturers based in that region and globally.
“This seminal relationship with NIO is pushing the limits of what is possible with electric vehicles from both a performance and design standpoint,” says Pierre Labat, vice president, sales and marketing, global automotive, Novelis. “It underscores that Novelis is more than just a material supplier, we are collaborators and problem solvers working closely with design teams to help ensure vehicles are built to maximize the unique attributes of aluminum and meet the mobility demands of the future.”
NIO Founder and Chairman William Li, adds, “This partnership of mutual benefit will bring confidence and new capabilities to the booming global EV (electric vehicle) market. The two companies will work together closely and push forward the application of lightweight materials in the next-generation of electric vehicles.”
With more than 40 years of experience in the automotive industry, Novelis is the only automotive aluminum supplier with production capabilities in all three major auto-producing regions—Asia, Europe and North America. Its products are featured in more than 180 different vehicle models.