Electric traction motors in a circular economy
Research Project , 2017 – 2020

Electric vehicles require components that often contain expensive and potentially critical metals, limited in supply and without recycling. To minimize 1) business risk related to material shortage and increased cost and 2) risk of shifting burden from climate change to resource scarcity, components need to be made for reuse, remanufacturing and recycling.

The project aims at design guidelines for electric vehicle components with desired technical performance adapted to circularity. Specifically, electric traction motors will be studied through combining advanced technical design with life cycle assessment. The results will support firms using environmental arguments for competitiveness and can potentially lead to new jobs in Sweden in electric motor manufacturing and recycling. Results can be used in product design, development of business models and governance of resource flows.

Participants

Anne-Marie Tillman (contact)

Full Professor at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Mikael C D Alatalo

Konsult at Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

Emma Grunditz

Researcher at Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

Maria Ljunggren

Researcher at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Sonja Lundmark

Associate Professor at Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

Anders Nordelöf

Researcher at Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Environmental Systems Analysis

Torbjörn Thiringer

Full Professor at Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

Collaborations

BorgWarner AB

Landskrona, Sweden

China-Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) AB

Gothenburg, Sweden

Eklunds bildelslager AB

Skövde, Sweden

Malmköpings Mekaniska Werkstad AB

Flen, Sweden

Stena Recycling AB

Göteborg, Sweden

Sveriges bilåtervinnares riksförbund

Stockholm, Sweden

Volvo Cars

Göteborg, Sweden

Volvo Group

Gothenburg, Sweden

Walters Bildelar

Falkenberg, Sweden

Funding

Chalmers

Funding Chalmers participation during 2017–2020

Swedish Energy Agency

Funding Chalmers participation during 2017–2020

Related Areas of Advance and Infrastructure

Sustainable development

Driving Forces

Transport

Areas of Advance

Energy

Areas of Advance

Publications

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Latest update

2021-02-11