And in the best supporting role is… copper, the enviro-metal, indispensible in the production of electric vehicles.
And the winner is… the Chevy Volt.
Forty-nine U.S. and Canadian auto journalists – in what’s the auto equivalent of the Academy Awards – chose the Chevrolet Volt plug-in as the 2011 Car of the Year at the Detroit Auto Show Monday. It’s been a winning season for the Volt, also named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year and the 2011 Green Car of the Year.
If a car could give an acceptance speech, it likely would thank copper, the metal with the highest conductivity that can be practically used for conveying electricity. Copper is found in propulsion motors, regenerative braking systems and battery-pack conductors, as well as traditional applications such as electrical and electronic equipment, audio-visual accessories and wiring harnesses. Hybrids and electric vehicles contain between 2 ½ -3 times the weight of copper as found in their internal combustion engine counterparts.
So give a round of applause to the Chevy Volt – and to copper, the mighty metal that plays an important role in all electric vehicle technologies.