WGM, a world-leading research, and education group and an academic department of the University of Warwick, is participating in a new government-funded project ‘Tucana’ at the University of Warwick that focuses on lightweighing technology to develop stiffer and lighter vehicle structure.
The new research project Tucana aims to develop world-leading cost-effective, scalable carbon fibre composite solutions to boost the performance of electric vehicles. It is expected that the CO2 benefit of the project between 2023-2032 will be 4.5 million tonnes.
Under the project, the true environmental credentials of electric vehicles are to be realized by enabling wider adoption. Tucana will address structural performance at a design, material and volume manufacturing-level, which is currently unmet across the industry.
Out of the £18.7m government funding through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), WMG will receive £4m to carry out the development of innovative lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures.
WMG will produce the carbon fibre components for composite and hybrid structures in their new Materials Engineering Centre, which is equipped with dedicated facilities. Professor Ken Kendall will lead the team with WGM experts to try the manufactured materials on their newly installed composite materials processing equipment for optimization and characterization.
“It is vital that research and development, in the automotive sector, supports the UK’s Industrial Strategy and the move towards increasing the number of electric vehicles”, said, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman and Founder of WMG, University of Warwick comments. He, added, “I am delighted that WMG’s contribution to the project will help in establishing a world class UK supply chain for materials and manufacture for the lightweighting of vehicles.”