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  • Steel Comes Out Ahead in the Race for Lighter, Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

    Steel Comes Out Ahead in the Race for Lighter, Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

    by Mike Rippey Roll Call Guest Opinion April 11, 2013 The future of American manufacturing and, perhaps more significantly, the rebound of this nation’s steel industry was the focus of testimonies recently made to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. I, along with other steel industry executives, covered critical issues ranging from trade and infrastructure to energy and environment; yet, one of the key headlines to emerge was steel’s essential and growing role in enabling [...]

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  • Lightweighting options for heavy trucks

    Lightweighting options for heavy trucks

    Plastics Today, April 7 2013 An increased industry emphasis on fuel efficiency, safety and operator comfort are accelerating the drive for heavy truck OEMs and their tier suppliers to discover new solutions for lightweighting, better ergonomics, styling, and sustainability. At the recent Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY,Sabic’s Innovative Plastics business(Pittsfield, MA) showcased the ways material technology, processing technology, and design technology can help the heavy truck industry achieve lighter weight, more sustainable heavy duty trucks. Today, heavy trucks consume [...]

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  • Why Alcoa is pumped about new fuel economy standards

    Why Alcoa is pumped about new fuel economy standards

    by Nevin Batiwalla, Nashville Business Journal, April 3, 2013 With higher national fuel economy standards on the way, automakers are making a big push to make vehicles lighter. Few are happier about that than Alcoa Inc., a leading global producer of aluminum.ashville Business Journal, April 3 2013 As automakers transition from steel-bodied frames to lighter aluminum, demand for the metal in vehicles is increasing significantly,saidChris Moore, an environmental engineer at Alcoa, which has an aluminum fabricating facility in East Tenneessee. [...]

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  • Cars in the U.S. are more fuel-efficient than ever. Here’s why.

    Cars in the U.S. are more fuel-efficient than ever. Here’s why.

    by Brad Plumer WonkBlog The Washington Post March 16, 2013 We’ve noted before that cars and trucks in the United States have starting becoming more fuel-efficient in recent years ‚Äî after decades of stagnation ‚Äî in response to high oil prices and strict new vehicle standards. That’s one reason why U.S. oil imports have plummeted. But a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency offers the most detailed breakdown yet of this trend. Read more…

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  • Fuel Economy Continues to Rise: EPA Report

    Fuel Economy Continues to Rise: EPA Report

    by Luke Tonachel Natural Resources Defense Council March 15, 2013 New cars and trucks are poised to set new records in fuel efficiency according to the latest Fuel Economy Trends report from the EPA. When all the data is crunched, EPA expects the model year 2012 average to reach 23.8 mpg, a record-high level since the agency started data tracking 1975. Importantly, carbon pollution has also been reduced from new autos, dropping 13 percent from 2007 to 2012. More good [...]

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  • U.S. Fuel Economy Continues Record-Breaking Surge

    U.S. Fuel Economy Continues Record-Breaking Surge

    GM Lays Out Plans to Save 12 Billion Gallons of Fuel by 2017, The fuel economy of the U.S. vehicle fleet continues to increase at a record-breaking pace in 2013 – and U.S. automakers are laying plans for continued improvements which will reduce fuel consumption by billions of gallons over the next five years.

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