It seems as if every day technological developments are being made to change how we live. The automotive industry’s love affair with technology and innovation continues to reap its share of the limitless potential of these developments. In addition to more improved designs and engineering, the upside to technological advancements is the elements of pure excitement and inspiration in car innovation.
Industry experts believe more investment of time and money in Research and Development will see the future of the automotive industry in Arizona leading the way to sustainable car production. There have been a few exciting trends and developments to boast of, from green-friendly practices in powering cars to 3D printing.
Lowering carbon footprints and implementing environmentally practices are being made priority across all industries around the globe. The automotive industry representatives in Arizona offer their pledge with the continued development of the battery of the electric car.
Arizona takes up this pledge with funded projects such as the Metal Air Ionic Liquid (MAIL) Battery project which has been labeled ‘revolutionary’. The research conducted by Arizona State University’s Dr Cody Friesen and his team aims to build an ultra-high-energy density and ultra-low-cost battery that makes use of only earth-abundant materials.
What this translates to is that the team is working on developing the best ionic liquid with energy stored in the battery itself, in addition to the battery’s ability to recharge at an attractively lower cost. This would be made possible thanks to its construction as well as using locally sourced materials.
The focus on developing knowledge and skills in the Arizona car market
The future promise of the Arizona car market largely depends on the investment in the development and skills of its labor force. The expertise and skills behind the car service providers and car manufacturers is what allows an industry to retain its competitive edge.
Auto mechanic schools play their part in cultivating and contributing to the skilled labor force of the automotive industry in Arizona. With educational programs that focus on engine management systems basics, heating and cooling systems, diagnostics, transmission models, in addition to many other areas, aspiring car mechanics in Arizona are given a comprehensive understanding through classroom and the all-important hands-on instruction. The duration of courses available to interested persons ranges from between six months to two years.
The emphasis on quality education and skills development is so that employers and other partners in the automotive industry have a reliable source and access to a highly skilled supply of labor. A range of partners in the Arizona automotive sector from car dealerships to repair shops depend on experienced and certified automotive service technicians to service the industry’s needs.
Arizona’s contribution to electric car development
Another contributing factor that makes the Arizona car market such a key player in the nationwide interests of automotive development is its mining resources in manganese production.
In the development of the electric car is the focus on efficient battery power. The manufacture of electric car batteries makes use of lithium as well as numerous other metals. A major factor that would help reduce the cost of producing the batteries is to use local sources, instead of outsourcing to overseas suppliers which is the current practice. The American Manganese Inc. manufacturer that is based in Arizona has proposed to deliver the required metals at a more cost effective price. In addition to lower costs, their offer has the added benefits of a lower carbon footprint by decreasing energy utilized.
Another exciting latest development was the drivable 3D printed car by the Arizona based Local Motors which was on show at the International Manufacturing Technology Show hosted in Chicago in September. The first-of-its-kind concept car was a collaboration of three groups with Local Motors: Association for Manufacturing Technology, Cincinnati Incorporated and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
A process labeled Broad Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), helped engineers and designers build the innovative 3D concept car which was named Strati. The development of the car was born out of a design challenge posed by Local Motors which received in excess of 200 entries from 30 countries around the world.
The concept car is made out of ABS plastic infused with carbon fiber. The 3D printing of the body of the car involved a process of 44 hours. It is believed that the Arizona-based company is the first in the line to print the body as well as the chassis of a car at the same time.