Weight is the enemy of EV range, and that opens the door to composite battery enclosures instead of steel ones. Frank Silvagi, the Chief Engineering Officer at Teijin, says composite battery enclosures are lighter, and offer more opportunities for parts integration. He also talks about Teijin’s new honeycomb structure that can make body panels and enclosures almost as light as carbon fiber but at a much lower cost.
John McElroy is an influential thought leader in the automotive industry. He is a journalist, lecturer, commentator and entrepreneur. He created “Autoline Daily,” the first industry webcast of industry news and analysis.