Better steels for better transport

The EU is a major force in the global road transport industry, manufacturing over a quarter of all vehicles (and almost a third of all passenger cars) produced worldwide. It provides jobs for millions of people across Europe.

Steel is a vital component in car manufacturing; modern cars comprise around 60 % steel body and engine parts by weight. And these are not just everyday types of steel. Safety and environmental considerations mean that car manufacturers now use high-strength specialist steels to meet crash-worthiness and fuel- consumption targets. The European steel manufacturers work in partnership with the automotive industry to develop the high-performance steel and steel products needed to meet these ever tighter targets, and this partnership is reflected in the composition and activities of the ESTEP Working Group 2 on Transport. Recent activities include:

  • The advent of electric cars opens opportunities to redesign vehicle architecture, including material choices. The ELVA project is doing just this with the aim of meeting stringent emission targets, and ESTEP has proposed various European steel grades for consideration. The ESTEP 'Transport' Working Group focuses on the relation between a sustainable environmentally- friendly material choice of steel and the reduced emission of greenhouse gases (CO 2 ) during the whole life cycle, while improving the safety and cost-efficiency of road transport systems.

For more information on Working Group 2-Transport see the latest Activity Report

Last updated on: 2012-06-27