Batteries are heavy, and some premium equipment that consumers want may run counter to lightweighting measures. Suppliers could be caught in the middle.
Electrification is driving the greatest paradigm shift in the automotive industry in more than a century. Modern battery electric vehicle (BEV) powertrains are changing the way cars, trucks and SUVs are designed, engineered, and manufactured. And one of the biggest changes will be noticed by consumers the moment they sit inside their new electric vehicle.
Most modern BEVs are built on what is described by automotive engineers as a “skateboard” platform – in which a large, flat battery pack fills the space between the front and rear axles and stretches almost the full width of the bodywork above it. The compact electric motors and related electronic hardware are mounted directly at the front or rear axles – or at both, in the case of all-wheel drive models.
CT Automotive plc (LON:CTA) designs, develops and manufactures automotive interior finishes and complex kinematic assemblies for the most well-known automotive brands on the planet. These critical components are managed through an intricate global network of reactive supply chains to arrive JIT (Just in Time) at their respective OEM manufacturing plants.