Multiple vehicle manufacturers incorporate aluminum into their process, sometimes only superficially for exterior parts and panels, while others use it more comprehensively both for the exterior and the internal structure.
The reason for aluminum being such a widely used material in the manufacturing industry is due to a few contributing factors; such as its lightweight. The less weight there is attached to a vehicle, the more efficiently it is able to accelerate, and the more fuel efficient it will be as it then requires less energy for the same performance.
Aluminum is corrosion resistant, meaning it will weather the elements better. Everyone who has ever owned a car will understand what a huge relief that would be in terms of car maintenance. Aluminum is also very sustainable from a recycling point of view, saving on energy and resources, recycling are a great idea to help promote sustainability and create a better environment for living in. Being rather pliable, aluminum is also easily shaped and formed to various shapes. This makes it great in the manufacturing industry.
For a metal with such a light weight, aluminum is fantastically resilient due to its high torsional rigidity, or resistance to twisting which for obvious reasons makes it the perfect solution for vehicles. Also due to its predictability during collision situations which helps vehicle designers to build the car in such a way that the impact is mostly directed around the car and avoids the occupants to a large degree.
While aluminum does also present its own disadvantages and challenges these can be overcome. Painting aluminum is rather challenging, but when you consider that aluminum oxidizes but does not rust, repairing a scratch or dent on your car is far less urgent. Also, when heated I does not produce harmful emissions like PVC does. Aluminum also as an aesthetic appeal and can create a sleek and sophisticated image.
It is a slightly more expensive material to use than its competitors but in the long run it may pay off better, if you save on repairs, not to mention that you simply cannot put a price on human life. Using aluminum in the manufacture process can make a vehicle safer while it still remains an easier element to work with due to its flexibility in taking shape. Many car manufacturers refuse to consider aluminum a viable option due to its lightweight. Fuel and oil companies are generally the majority shareholders at vehicle manufactures. Producing a very light car will drop its fuel consumption, and oil companies will not appreciate this.
Aluminum is a versatile resource used in many industries for its various advantages over other metals. It is a great metal to incorporate into your home if you are building or renovating too, or if you need some added security, burglar guards and security gates are a great option. Aluminum is also used for shower frames, sliding doors, window bars and frames, all door frames among many others.