Atlanta’s rolled and recycled aluminium firm Novelis Inc. announced yesterday that it has been chosen as the exclusive supplier of aluminium to Jaguar Land Rover Limited for its new all-electric vehicle, the Jaguar I-PACE.
Novelis will be supplying the latest entrant in Jaguar’s PACE family of vehicles with its proprietary Novelis Advanz aluminium alloy, which will feature prominently in the I-PACE’s aluminium architecture. The strong and stiff construction of the vehicle will consist of 94 percent aluminium, joined by cutting-edge riveting and bonding techniques. The I-PACE’s innovative design, coupled with Novelis’ trademark aluminium blend, will yield a lightweight vehicle with significant torsional rigidity and a battery range of almost 300 miles.
Michael Hahne, Vice President Automotive, Novelis Europe, lauds the I-PACE as a game-changing design made possible by his firm’s advanced aluminium alloy.
“Novelis is proud to be a key supplier of aluminium sheet to Jaguar Land Rover, enabling novel, lightweight construction platforms and being part of their new era of electrification. Lightweighting is one of the key success factors for electrification and the new I-PACE is a major milestone in car body engineering, placing Jaguar at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.”
The I-PACE, which was designed and engineered at Jaguar Land Rover’s facilities in the United Kingdom, will be built at the company’s factory in Graz, Austria in conjunction with Austrian automaker Magna Steyr AG & Co KG. Novelis will produce the aluminium necessary for the project at its plants in Sierre, Switzerland and Nachterstedt, Germany.
Novelis is a subsidiary of Mumbai’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. Based in Atlanta, the firm accounts for almost half of Hindalco’s consolidated revenue. The world’s largest recycler of aluminium, Novelis conducts operations in ten different countries, employs around eleven thousand people, and reported US$10 billion in revenue for the most recent fiscal year.