An Aluminum Association survey confirms aluminum remains the fastest growing automotive material, and it will continue to grow to content levels of 514 pounds per vehicle by 2026, up 12 percent from 2020 levels. The Arlington, Virginia-based Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group worked on the survey with the help of DuckerFrontier.
The survey analyzes the latest information on material content for North American light vehicles from the full automotive value chain, including automakers and their suppliers, and credits aluminum content penetration increases to its growing use in vehicle closure parts, body-in-white parts and chassis applications in traditional vehicles as well as growth of electrified powertrain and battery electric vehicle platforms.
“As consumer pressures and environmental challenges increase—so too does the use of automotive aluminum,” says Ganesh Panneer, chair of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group and vice president and general manager for automotive North America at Novelis. “This demand is accelerating as low-carbon, high-strength aluminum is helping automakers adapt to new mobility trends, and we’re bullish on the growth potential of the metal in the fast-emerging electric vehicle segment. Automotive aluminum market penetration enjoyed year-over-year growth the past five decades, and that expansion is expected to continue as far down the road as can be projected today.
He concludes, “As electric vehicles become more widely available, greater aluminum use to extend range and help offset battery weight and cost will ensure consumers will still be able to choose high performing cars and trucks that are safe, fun to drive and better for the protection of the environment.”
According to the survey, automakers will continue to increase the use of aluminum in new vehicles as the design evolution to multimaterial cars, trucks and SUVs continues.
DuckerFrontier released a “North American Light Vehicle Aluminum Content and Outlook” report this year that indicates that aluminum flat-rolled sheet remains a key solution to replace heavier steels and helps automakers achieve mass reduction goals.
As electrification grows, the analysis also confirms that demand for aluminum extrusions and high-pressure aluminum diecast parts will grow due to increased use in applications like battery housings, motor housings and body structural components.
“The aluminum industry is keeping its foot on the pedal, developing solutions aimed squarely at addressing automakers most pressing needs to offset mass given added content and weight from new features, additional safety needs, and the move to electrification. Aluminum will record relentless year-over-year growth through 2030,” says Abey Abraham, managing director at DuckerFrontier.
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