Ultra lightweight steel represents potential breakthrough for fuel-efficient vehicles.
Mike Rippey, the president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA, says that new and advanced steel products hold the key to making lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles. Rippey points to new data showing that high strength steels (AHSS) and ultra high strength steels not only can deliver “lightweighting” benefits but also can do so at a lower cost and with less environmental impact than alternative solutions.
Cars made from these advanced steel grades can also be produced using the auto manufacturer’s existing infrastructure with little need for additional investments in retooling auto production facilities. Many alternative materials require new equipment and a greater investment of time and money for production. This fact only adds to the conclusion that steel offers the most cost-effective solution for achieving the 2025 CAFE standards.
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