TOPICS / Vehicle mass reduction (lightweighting)


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Lightweighting technology developments
Highlights important innovations and trends in vehicle design technology and lightweighting, many of which were not considered when the 2025 CAFE standards were finalized, but promise to be quite cost-effective.
Lightweighting technology development and trends in U.S. passenger vehicles
Advances in lightweighting (mass-reduction) designs and technology have surpassed projections made for the U.S. 2025 vehicle CAFE/GHG standard. Overall, weight reduction of ~15% should be feasible by 2025, at costs about one-...
Working paper
Incentivizing passenger vehicle mass reduction technologies in China
Summarizes the case for shifting to a footprint-based efficiency standard in China, and analyzes how compliance burdens on auto manufacturers might change.
White paper

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