The economics of materials selection
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“We've entered an era where true weight reductions in vehicles are occurring,” noted Dr. Alan Taub, professor of Material Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan. “There is no new vehicle launch that doesn't talk about a 5-10 percent reduction in curb weight because it's now clearly a part of fuel economy. And while the gains are still coming from powertrain improvements and the introduction of partial and full electrification, about 15 percent of fuel-economy improvements today come from vehicle weight reduction.” His rule of thumb: Decreasing vehicle weight by 10% yields a 6% improvement in fuel economy.
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