SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, & Policy

Special Issue on Mobilizing Sustainable Transport Solutions Using Lightweight Material

The transportation industry is fundamental to meeting the personal and economic needs of our societies and communities. Our transportation system is undergoing a period of historical changes with evolution of new technologies and business models, shared mobility, mobility-on-demand, e-commerce, connected and automated vehicles, and new fuels and powertrains. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced nearly $300 million in funding for research and development (R&D) of sustainable transportation resources and technologies. Lightweight materi¬als are especially important for improving the efficiency and driving range of hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel-cell, and electric vehicles because they offset the weight of power systems such as batteries and electric motors. Lightweight materi¬als research and development activities focus on the development and validation of advanced materials and manufacturing technologies to significantly reduce weight without com-promising other attributes such as safety, performance, recyclability, cost, and impact to eco-system. It also allows vehicles to carry advanced emissions control equipment, safety devices, and integrated electronic systems without becoming heavier. In light of this background, more detailed understanding of the implications of lightweight design is strongly desirable and opportunities to identify ways to integrate design, manufacturing, environment, and cost aspects.

This special issue will focus on advancement in the area of lightweight material to the development of sustainable transport solutions. It is a peer-reviewed platform for both industry and academia to present new research and developments. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  •  Advances in material science for lightweight materials
  • Novel approaches to manufacturing processes
  • Case studies of lightweight material to integrate new technologies.
  • Cost/Benefit analysis (Life-cycle assessment)
  • Use of simulation tools to assess the benefits of lightweight material
  • Leveraging the potential of lightweight material to develop eco-system: design, recycling, and repair
  • Challenges and opportunities in implementation of lightweight material


For more information, please contact the Guest Editor:

Amol Gulve
Volvo Group North America, USA

Deadline to submit manuscripts for consideration: December 31, 2021

Please submit your full, review-ready article at and include a submission note in Editorial Manager to indicate that it is for this special issue. For questions about authoring an SAE Journal article, view author instructions and guidelines.