America's steel industry pushes the boundaries of automotive innovation.
Federal fuel economy mandates are proving to be a new driver of innovation (no pun intended), and America's steel industry may have the answer.
Thanks to the 2012-2025 US EPA/NHTSA Fuel Economy Mandate, automakers are grasping with a fundamental question: How much weight reduction is needed to get passenger cars up to higher fuel efficiency standards? Specfically, automakers want to know how they can best achieve a goal of 54.5 miles per gallon.
As the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) explains, new advanced steel grades may offer the answer. New lightweight steel offers an ideal automotive material that "best addresses society’s need for reduced greenhouse gas emissions, without compromising safety, performance or affordability."
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