The Future Steel Vehicle (FSV) study which commenced in 2007 and concentrated on high strength steel solutions for the body of electric cars that could be produced from 2015- 2020, has developed a design that will reduce GHG emissions by 50-70% taking into account all emissions from raw material procurement to disposal/ recycling at end of life. A body weight of just 176 to 201kg has been achieved depending on the model.

The results of the study point the way towards a full range of more efficient designs not only for electric vehicles, but also conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) powered cars.

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has published the second booklet in the Steel Solutions in the Green Economy series titled FutureSteelVehicle.

The ‘Steel Solutions in the Green Economy’ series features steel applications that provide sustainable solutions for various industry sectors, helping them to address both economic and environmental challenges. The first booklet in the series, ‘Steel Solutions in the Green Economy: Wind turbines’, illustrated how world demand for energy is increasing, driven by population growth and economic development while at the same time climate change concerns require energy solutions that are sustainable. That booklet highlights how wind energy is a good example of how the steel industry has an important role to play in clean production technologies.

Both booklets, FutureSteelVehicle and Wind turbines, are available from the online bookshop. A PDF copy of the books can be downloaded for free from the website:

Printed copies can also be ordered from the bookshop.