Life cycle benefits of lightweighting ICEVs and EVs: A physics-based evaluation for current model year vehicles

Hyung Chul Kim


Hyung Chul Kim is a LCA Specialist at Ford Motor Company investigating broad range of topics related to life cycle assessment and sustainability engineering on automobiles. Recent topics include life cycle benefits of lightweight and bio-based materials, LCA of EV traction batteries, and life cycle water use of ICEVs and EVs.  He received a PhD in Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 


Vehicle lightweighting is regarded as a key strategy to improve fuel economy and reduce climate change impact. The most common lightweight materials include aluminum, advanced high strength steel, carbon fiber composites, and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Hyung Chul Kim (Ford)
  2. Timothy J. Wallington (for)

Topic Area

• Sustainable energy systems


WS-1 » The Future of Electric Vehicles (09:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room D)

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