TOPICS / Vehicle mass reduction (lightweighting)


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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
Mass reduction impacts on EU cost curves
Summarizes impacts of new vehicle mass reduction data on CO2 benefit and cost curves for light-duty vehicles in Europe, 2020–2025, and the effect that regulatory structures which do not fully reward or penalize manufacturers for...
Working paper

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