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Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

Main Path To Better Fuel Efficiency: Lighter Vehicles, Say Automakers

By Antony Ingram 1,412 views Aug 28, 2014 Follow Antony Reddit This! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 2016 Jaguar XE aluminum construction Enlarge Photo There are many routes to improving fuel efficiency in modern cars, but one route in particular seems to be resonating with automakers, automotive engineers and designers: Shedding weight. A survey of 900 automotive engineers and designers conducted by Wards Auto and sponsored by DuPont showed that lightweight materials and weight reduction were a primary focus for hitting future economy and emissions targets. Behind that, 39 percent also said their company was looking into improving the efficiency of conventional powertrains, and over a quarter are now looking into electrification. The latter figure covers all forms of electrification, including hybrids and plug-in hybrids as well as all-electric drivetrains. Hybrids are...

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