Abstract: In this thesis, a concept multi-material body for an electric vehicle is presented. A selection criteria for materials is made with regard to component function, their traditional shape and the mode of load they have to carry. Initial component design is based on a vehicle reference model. Numerous component modifications are done in dependence on the chosen materials and their production processes. Special attention is payed to the electric vehicle's body structural changes that need to be performed due to the passenger and battery safety.
A program for distance simulation is made and used to evaluate cost changes, on a whole vehicle scale, when performing mass-reduction in a vehicle body. It has been proven that it is justified to use light materials. Keywords: body-in-white, electric vehicle, material selection, Catia V5, distance simulation, cost analysis.Published: 07.03.2013; Views: 1272; Downloads: 145 Full text (7,79 MB)