EV lightweighting? It’s all in the battery chemistry

Tesla's shift in battery chemistry resulted in a substantial vehicle weight loss. Such a move could hold lightweighting lessons for the rest of the industry. By Cat Dow

“An insider at Ford said that the Mach-E had to hit 300 miles range and a price point. It's 1,300 pounds (lbs) heavier than a regular Mustang. Who cares about weight?,” Andrew Halonen, lightweighting consultant, asks perhaps more jovially than he ought, given his job title. “Joe Consumer is willing to buy a four-door rocket ship [and I get it]. I drove a Tesla once; it's very memorable.”

Special report: Vehicle lightweighting

Fuel economy is not a concern for electric vehicle (EV) drivers. Instead, cost, range and performance are more significant considerations. EVs are where lightweighting takes a back seat.

It’s time to log in (or subscribe).

Not a member? Subscribe now and let us help you understand the future of mobility.

Monthly Online Magazine
£195
1 user
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Access to Automotive World Magazine, our must-read monthly online publication
Mag + Articles + Special Reports
£495
1 user
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Access to Automotive World Magazine plus all articles and more than 40 special reports per year
All Content
Single-User License
£1,950
1 user
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Free tickets to Automotive World events
Unlimited online access to all content, including Automotive World magazine, articles, special reports, data and research
All Content
Team License
£3,950
Up to 5 users
12-month subscription (Annual rebill)
Free tickets to Automotive World events
Unlimited online access to all content, including Automotive World magazine, articles, special reports, data and research
All Content
Company-Wide License

Contact us for pricing

Unlimited users
12-month subscription
Free tickets to Automotive World events
Unlimited online access to all content, including Automotive World magazine, articles, special reports, data and research

Welcome back , to continue browsing the site, please click here