As European governments continue to set deadlines on when all new cars sold must be zero emissions, Tata Steel has predicted that production of steel for vehicle structure, as well as electrical and plated steels, will actually increase of 4.2m tonnes a year by 2050.

These are the findings from a Tata Steel study, contrary to previous speculation that non-ferrous materials – such as aluminium and carbon fibre – would overtake steel in popularity.

According to the report, those materials remain prohibitively expensive and are less sustainable when looking at the full lifecycle of the vehicle.

The increasing demand for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV) will instead drive growth in steel supply, as car manufacturers look to save weight in the most cost-effective way possible.

Advanced steels are the answer, offering sustainable solutions which suit the automotive industry for both the immediate, and long-term, future.

Chris Wooffindin
Marketing manager – automotive
Tata Steel

Not just structures

The vehicle structure will not be the only growth area for steel though, with demand projected to grow in the powertrains used in ULEVs – including electric motors and battery cells – and the broader infrastructure too.

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