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Aluminum Industry on Proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rulemaking: Draft Rule Assumptions on Lightweighting in Small Cars Demonstrably False

By September 25, 2018 No Comments

September 25, 2018 (Detroit) – Today, Mario Greco, chairman of the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Transportation Group (ATG) and director of global marketing of automotive for Arconic, testified on behalf of the aluminum industry before the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during a public hearing held in Dearborn, Michigan.

In response to request for comments on the proposed rulemaking of the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks (SAFE Vehicles Rule), Greco acknowledged the significant amount of research already conducted by NHTSA and EPA and discussed four specific outcomes the aluminum industry is seeking in this rulemaking. He asserted, “the agencies clearly recognize the body of data and on-the-road examples that confirm mass reduction through stronger, yet lighter materials helps deliver safe, fuel efficient and cost-effective vehicles to meet or exceed consumer demands. However, numerous flawed assumptions in the draft rule are misleading and overstate potential unfavorable impacts on safety, societal cost of the regulation and new vehicle sales.”

Greco explained, “Automakers are not reducing the weight of small cars, but instead are prioritizing weight reductions where it offers the most promise to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions—their larger, heavier cars and trucks.”

Read the full testimony here.

The U.S. aluminum industry, which continues to make significant investments to meet growing demand for automotive aluminum. The industry supports nearly 700,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs across the nation and since 2013 has invested more than $2.6 billion in domestic plant expansions to support growing demand in the auto market. Last year, demand for aluminum in automotive applications was greater than at any point in U.S. history.

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Through its Aluminum Transportation Group, the Aluminum Association communicates the benefits of aluminum in ground transportation applications to help accelerate its penetration through research programs and related outreach activities. The ATG’s mission is to serve member companies and act as a central resource for the automotive and commercial vehicle industries on aluminum issues. Members of the ATG include: Alcoa Inc., Aleris, Aluminum Precision Products Inc., Arconic, Constellium, Hydro, Kaiser Aluminum, Novelis Inc., Rio Tinto Alcan, Sapa Group and Tri-Arrows Aluminum. Visit us online at DriveAluminum.org, and follow us on Twitter @DriveAluminum.