The concept of hybrid designs using high-performance structural foam that has been developed and optimized under The Mobility Alliance of Henkel and RLE. Together the companies recently announced that they plan to present a new approach to the protection of battery units in next-generation electrical vehicles at the Battery Electric Vehicle Architectures Congress Europe 2018 (BEVA Europe) conference. Facing the challenges of battery protection in electric vehicles (EV), Henkel and RLE International have investigated and validated the use of hybrid structural solutions vs. conventional designs for effective EV battery protection. The study reportedly comprises full simulation of optimized rocker panel and other parts in standard automotive side (pole), front and rear crash scenarios. At the same time, it reveals a significant lightweighting potential to compensate the added weight of EV batteries.

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