29 Sep '17, 3pm

Could Wood Pulp Be Key To Vehicle Lightweighting?

Lightweighting is a thing when it comes to making automobiles these days. Back in the Golden Age of the American automobile, manufacturers used to talk about cars with lots of “road hugging weight”. In 1962, Buick actually moved the entire powertrain further forward over the front wheels, a concept it called Advanced Thrust. It claimed better directional stability, less disturbance by crosswinds, and “snappier steering wheel response and return.” Credit: Popular Science, February 1962 In today’s world, automotive engineers are on the hunt for cars that weigh less, not more. Shaving the weight of a car by 10% can result in an 8% gain in miles per gallon according to the US Department of Energy. Range is the motivating factor when it comes to electric cars. Less bulk means more miles between charging events. “There is a rush to try and cut as much weight as possible, especia...

Full article: https://gas2.org/2017/09/29/wood-pulp-key-vehicle-lightwe...

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