The main purpose of the Vehicle Structural Materials (VSM) research program is to develop the advanced processes, structural materials and fabrication techniques required to significantly reduce the weight of the next generation of vehicles. Lightweighting reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases fuel economy and enhances safety. Improving energy efficiency in the transportation sector contributes to the environmentally responsible development and use of natural resources.
The VSM program focuses on advancing the structural, powertrain and chassis materials currently used on conventional vehicles for use on next-generation vehicles, on which weight reduction will have a mass-compounding effect. Mass compounding will be a key enabling technology for the development of hybrid, fuel cell, bio-diesel and other eco-friendly vehicles.
The successful application of these lightweight materials will require technology and expertise developed both in academia and the industry. Through substantial cooperation, the VSM program will groom a new generation of researchersin metallurgical alloys and materials. This work will enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian automotive industry and enable the transfer of key innovative technologies to all Canadians.