In this age of global warming, the automotive industry is seeking to minimize the energy required to manufacture and operate its products without sacrificing performance and safety or increasing cost. Toward this end, whether cars and trucks are powered by internal-combustion engines or batteries, lowering vehicle weight is a major contributor to reducing energy consumption by increasing fuel efficiency. “The industry is driven by fuel efficiency,” said David Matlock of the Colorado School of Mines, who has helped develop advanced high-strength steels (AHSSs) used in autos.
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Materials Research Society MRS Bulletin
December 10, 2019
Robinson, Arthur L. (2019) “Fuel efficiency drives the auto industry to reduce vehicle weight.” Feature editors: Alan I. Taub, and Gregory A. Keoleian. Materials Research Society MRS Bulletin 44(12): 920-923.