WorldAutoSteel group develops vehicle concept
As worldwide demands for affordable, safe and high-efficiency
vehicles surge, the global steel industry’s WorldAutoSteel
automotive group, supported by AISI’s Steel Market Development
Institute, is launching Phase 2 of its Future Steel Vehicle
(FSV) program aimed at helping automakers optimize new
propulsion technologies that will soon enter show rooms.
The FSV program recently completed Phase 1 of its research
and has released its findings and plans for Phase 2.
For Phase 1, FSV’s technical team, which includes EDAG,
Quantum Technologies, SFCV/Tongji and WorldAutoSteel
material experts, considered 4 technical specification
options for proposed 2015 to 2020 model year vehicles:
battery electric (BEV) and plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles
(PHEV) for 4 or more passengers; and PHEV and fuel cell
vehicles (FCV) for 5 passengers.
Each of these options was evaluated by the engineering
team and powertrains were selected based on performance,
viability for production in 2020 and cost. Two vehicle
classes were identified as well:
FSV-1 is a four-door hatchback with BEV and PHEV20
powertrain variants; and
FSV-2 is a four-door sedan and is designed to accept
two powertrain options: a PHEV40 and a fuel cell
In Phase 2, the purpose will be to develop detailed design
concepts and fully optimize a radically different body
structure for the FSV-1 BEV. It will also identify structure
changes to accommodate the other three vehicles and powertrain
In addition to meeting or exceeding future safety and
performance requirements, extremely aggressive weight-reduction
targets have been set for FSV Phase 2. The FSV team intends
to meet these targets using engineering design optimization
and advanced steel technologies. Achievement of such
aggressive weight reduction with steel will set a new
standard for vehicle design approaches for the future.
The FSV Phase 2 development will consider a total life
cycle assessment of the concept designs to meet CO2 emissions
targets. Regulations that consider only the vehicle use
phase can encourage the use of low-density, greenhouse
gas-intensive materials that provide lighter weight components.
However, this may have the unexpected result of increasing
GHG emissions during the vehicle’s total life cycle.
In 2008, the FSV team released preliminary styling imagery
for an early reveal on what the FSV vehicles might look
like. Since then, the design process has taken the team
through a number of iterations.
WorldAutoSteel and its global engineering partners will
develop FSV Phase 2 through 2009 and 2010. This will
be followed by a demonstration hardware phase.