The ALMA project (Advanced Light Materials and Processes for the Eco-Design of Electric Vehicles), led by CTAG, comes to an end.

The ALMA project, led by CTAG, presents its results on the occasion of its successful conclusion. This project marks a significant breakthrough for the road transport sector with the development of a lightweight, efficient and sustainable structure for battery electric vehicles (BEV).

ALMA’s innovative approach, based on eco-design and the use of advanced materials, has resulted in a BEV body-in-white (BiW) that is 22% lighter than the baseline design, a 24% carbon emission reduction throughout the vehicle’s service life and a 9% emission reduction for the entire car. This achievement is fundamental to meeting the ambitious objectives of the European Union’s Green Deal in the transition to greener and more sustainable mobility.

CTAG, as project coordinator, has played a crucial role in the development and validation of the multi-material structure of ALMA’s Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). In collaboration with partners such as Ford and ArcelorMittal, CTAG has applied a holistic circular engineering approach to ensure efficiency and sustainability at all stages of the process, from design to the end-of-life of the vehicle.

In addition, CTAG has contributed to the project by validating efficient manufacturing processes and integrating innovative materials, such as advanced SMC composites, to achieve further weight reduction and material efficiency.

Raquel Ledo, head of the Materials Innovation area at CTAG, answers about CTAG’s role during the project in a recorded interview.

The ALMA project, funded by the EU under Horizon 2020, involves a diverse group of 9 partners from 4 different EU countries. The consortium includes market-orientated companies, research organisations and an international association.

You can read the press release here.