What is E-Mobility and Why is Laser Cutting Preferred for Automotive Manufacturing?
Laser cutting technology is a vital component that will make total E-mobility a reality for manufacturers. Lasers have long been used by auto manufacturers for constructing traditional cars powered by internal combustion engines. What might surprise you is keeping lasers around when moving to all-electric vehicles manufacturing is a no-brainer for many in the industry.
E-mobility Gains Popularity Among Auto Manufacturers
Nearly two decades ago, auto manufacturers started implementing E-mobility technologies. Due to a wide range of factors, it was clear that the auto industry would have to move from vehicle drivetrains powered by fossil fuels to either all-electric alternatives or those powered by hydrogen fuel cells. E-mobility will result in more environmentally friendly vehicles that meet new regulatory requirements.
To realize the dream of complete E-mobility, auto manufacturers will not only need to switch to building only electric or hydrogen-powered vehicles but will also have to design an entirely new infrastructure. Charging stations, maintenance facilities, and power distribution networks will all require further development to make E-mobility a reality. Regulatory bodies will need to get involved to help boost E-mobility’s attractiveness.
E-mobility promises to bring along with it many benefits. Environmentally, E-mobility is an absolute win. Hydrocarbons have long been damaging the environment. Moving away from fossil fuels will help to reduce the amount of energy that is required by the transportation sector. And electric vehicles will likely encourage manufacturers to make them more efficient, lighter, and perform better. E-mobility is also forecasted to create skilled jobs.
Laser Cutting Helps Advance E-mobility
Some may wonder what laser cutting has to do with E-mobility. Without laser cutting, the construction of any E-mobility related components would be far more challenging or even impossible. For example, coated foils are used to construct large batteries for electric vehicles. The foils are composed of a highly conductive material coated with a carbon-based material. The foils are challenging to cut and fiber lasers are perfect for the job.
New carriage components are being designed for electric cars, as well. These components must be able to handle the weight of the large batteries needed to power electric vehicles. They must also be cut precisely so that the components slide into the carriage with a perfect fit.
Precisely controlled laser cutting techniques ensure that the carriage materials retain their high strength and accommodate required components with tight tolerances.