Electric Vehicles

Copper is essential for electric vehicles (EV). It is used in the electric motors, batteries, inverters, wiring and in charging stations because of its durability, malleability, reliability and superior electrical conductivity.


Copper will play a major role in the EV boom as new models are being developed and global regulations are increasingly pushing for EV adoption. As EVs and charging stations continue to become more widespread and affordable, a significant amount of copper will be required to power this technology.


Case Studies


On the Road with Ricardo and Cars That Think
Global engineering provider Ricardo is behind vehicles that help businesses grow, improve air quality at airports, and even drive you to work while you relax and read the morning paper.
Copper Delivers Energy, Power and Speed
This video shows how a copper rotor can improve the performance of electric and hybrid-electric vehicles with examples of companies using this technology.
Copper Improves the Performance of Induction Motors
As automotive manufacturers view their options for reducing fuel consumption and emissions, electrical propulsion becomes more attractive. Historically, internal permanent magnet (IPM) motors have been a popular motor design.
The Value of Using Cast Copper Induction Motors in Hybrid and Plug-in Electric Vehicles
The Copper Development Association recommends the copper induction motor over the permanent magnet motor when choosing an electric motor for a Hybrid (HEV) or Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) electric vehicle.
Making a Good Thing Better
While major automakers have received lots of attention for their hybrid and electric vehicles, a couple of Michigan companies have quietly achieved success selling after-market systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
Copper Is on Board as 2011 Detroit Auto Show Electrifies Visitors
The 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit was electrifying for copper stakeholders. Get the latest from automotive heads, show visitors and the media.
Automakers Face Challenges on the Road to Electrification
There seem to be as many opinions on the electric evolution currently underway in the automotive industry as there are experts. What seems clear is that, ultimately, the move toward vehicle electrification is going to have a positive impact on the copper industry.
FEV: Putting Electrification to the Test
Gary Rogers, Chief Executive Officer and President of FEV, Inc., talks about the company's beginnings and its unique role in the evolution of the automotive industry toward vehicle electrification. Several key projects developed in the company's North American Technical Center are highlighted.
AVL and Electrification: A Discussion With Jerry Klarr
Jerry Klarr, Director of Hybrid Programs at AVL, recently took time out of his schedule to discuss the company's role in vehicle electrification and the important role of copper in new automotive technologies.
Copper Applications in Electrical: Electric Vehicles
Electric and hybrid electric vehicles have reached a new level of development with introductions by Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota. Because an electric motor is used as the primary propulsion source, these vehicles will have a much higher copper content than a conventional vehicle which currently averages about 55 pounds of copper and copper alloys.