Great Minds Think Light: The Altair Enlighten Award

The automotive industry's only award dedicated to lightweighting and sustainability celebrates a decade of innovation.

The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that successfully reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and leverage material reuse and recycling efforts. An award that garners interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students, and the public alike, the Enlighten Award showcases the latest and greatest technology innovations dedicated to sustainability.

The Altair Enlighten Award is presented annually in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). This year's Award will be presented on August 1, 2023.

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2023 Award Categories

For detailed information about this year's award winners, click on the category titles linked below.

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Sustainable Product

Winner - Class 8: Nikola Corporation
Nikola Tre FCEV – The First Production Hydrogen-Electric Class 8 Truck in the U.S.

Winner - Passenger Vehicle: Polestar
Polestar 2 MY24

Runner-Up: Lucid Motors
Lucid Air Sedan

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Sustainable Process

Winner: ArcelorMittal
Use of Biomass for Carbon Neutral Steelmaking at ArcelorMittal

Runner-Up: Brose Antriebstechnik GmbH I Co. Kommanditgesellschaft, Berlin
Reman-Drive - A Remanufactured Drive Unit of Brose E-bike

Honorable Mention: Kasai Kogyo Co. Ltd.
Kasai Hi-Papia (KHP), Kasai Original Sustainable Material

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Module Lightweighting

Winner: Toyota I Adient I Multimatic
IsoDynamic Seat – Accra® SuperStructure

Runner-Up: Nemak
BMW E-Bracket Made by Nemak

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Enabling Technology

Winner: Toyota I BASF Corp. I US Farathane
World’s First Adoption of Resin Frame for ISO-Dynamic Seat

Runner-Up: NIO
HPDC Material and Processing Methods Enable Efficient Structural Design

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Future of Lightweighting

Winner: Marelli
Lightweight Urethane for Interior Products

Runner-Up: Solvay Specialty Polymers
Ajedium™ PEEK Slot Liners

Honorable Mention: Michigan Technological University for Auto/Steel Partnership
Steel E-Motive Side Closure Mechanism

Honorable Mention: WorldAutoSteel I Ricardo plc
Steel Body Structures for Fully Autonomous Vehicles


NEW! Responsible AI

Winner: Volteras
A Novel Way to Connect the Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Together

2022 Altair Enlighten Award Winners

Every organization that wins the Enlighten Award joins a distinguished, trailblazing club. Last year's winners - Ford, Toyota, BASF, L&L Products, Shiloh Industries, General Motors, McMaster University, and Nemak – are among the latest organizations to showcase the future of vehicle lightweighting and sustainability.

You can see a complete list of previous winners here.

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Past Participants

Our Partners

Highlighting the organizations who make the Enlighten Award possible.


Center for Automotive Research

Center for Automotive Research


Auto Bild Japan

Auto Bild Japan


Automobil Industrie

Automobil Industrie


Automotive Engineering SAE

Automotive Engineering SAE


Korean Society of Automotive Engineers

Korean Society of Automotive Engineers


Tech Briefs

Tech Briefs


Our 2023 Judges

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of judges, led by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR chairs the group of recognized industry experts to select the winning entries in all the categories.

Anant Agarwal

Dr. Sarma S R Akella
Mahindra & Mahindra

Professor Harvey Bell
University of Michigan

Brian Brothers

Josh Brugeman
Fresh Coast Climate Solutions

Vanessa Eriksson

Ryan Gehm
SAE International

Sean Lang

Sanjiv Mantri
Tata Motors

Dr. Deborah Mielewski
Dione Solutions

Dr. Saravanan N
Ashok Leyland

Gina-Marie Oliver
American Chemistry Council

Dr. Seshanka Palukuri
Greenko Group

Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad (Prasad)
Center for Automotive Research

Chris Theodore
Theodore & Associates

Dr. Frank Zhao
Tsinghua University