With Advanced Materials, Lose Weight and Go the Extra Mile
As the global automotive and steel communities come together at the Great Designs in Steel conference today, NanoSteel would like to take this opportunity to share an infographic that illustrates the benefit and cost efficiency of automotive lightweighting as a principal solution to improving fuel economy. Just like with people, there can be advantages to losing weight in the body of a vehicle, the impact of which compounds through secondary systems such as the powertrain and suspension. The result is a 6-8% improvement in fuel economy for a 10% reduction in vehicle weight. Additionally, the lower spending on gas that results from the fuel economy improvements achieved through weight reduction can be accomplished without impacting the driving experience. For these reasons, lightweighting will become increasingly important as the global automotive industry works to achieve the U.S. CAFE standards targets of 54.5MPG by 2025. Within the ecosystem of advanced automotive materials, innovative steel technology is well positioned to meet these new fuel economy standards and get us where we want to go.