New Study: Losing Weight Necessary to Achieve 50+ MPG
New research confirms using high-strength, low weight materials like aluminum is the only safe, cost-effective way to meet higher vehicle fuel economy targets.
The study, conducted by model-based strategic planning consultancy firm Scenaria, Inc. on behalf of the Aluminum Association, Inc., found that:
- There is no vehicle technology strategy that can cost-effectively achieve a 50+ MPG fuel economy target without significant weight reduction (this can be done with materials substitution to avoid less desirable downsizing of vehicles).
- Weight reduction helps save automakers money by providing flexibility in decisions to use other often more expensive technologies as part of their approach to improving fuel economy.
- Weight reduction with aluminum is a safe and cost-effective complement to maximize the benefits of all other fuel economy improvement technologies.