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  • GM claims ‘breakthrough’ will make vehicles lighter, help gas mileage

    GM claims ‘breakthrough’ will make vehicles lighter, help gas mileage

    by Nathan Bomey Detroit Free Press September 24, 2012 General Motors plans to accelerate the replacement of steel with aluminum after researchers achieved what the company described as a “breakthrough” in welding technology. GM hopes the technological advancement will boost fuel economy by making its vehicles lighter. Read more…

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  • How will industry innovate? Getting to 54.5 mpg

    How will industry innovate? Getting to 54.5 mpg

    “We have a rule in place,” said Phyllis Cuttino, director of the Pew Environment Group’s Clean Energy Program. “Now we want to have a discussion on what the rule means to industry. How is the industry going to innovate?” Cuttino, speaking on September 18 at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn, introduced a panel of industry experts to discuss the real-world impact of new federal fuel economy and emissions rules, which require a U.S. fleet average of 54.5 miles [...]

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  • Auto industry revs up for race to meet fuel standards

    Auto industry revs up for race to meet fuel standards

    by Simone Sebastian Houston Chronicle September 23, 2012 A federal mandate to slash the nation’s fuel demand has refiners bracing for a sales hit. But automotive and petrochemical engineers are heading into overdrive to create gas-saving technologies… “It’s one of the most exciting times to be in automotive,” said Steve Henderson, president of Dow Automotive. Read more…

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  • Electric vehicles alone won’t help auto companies meet new fuel economy standards, leaders say

    Electric vehicles alone won’t help auto companies meet new fuel economy standards, leaders say

    by Nathan Bomey Detroit Free Press September 18, 2012 Auto companies must pursue a long list of incremental technological improvements to meet the U.S. government’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements by 2025, industry leaders said today at a Pew Clean Energy Program panel discussion in Dearborn… Against a historical backdrop of the Automotive Hall of Fame, industry leaders said the future of the vehicle is predicated on advancements in many different areas, such as lightweighting and engine efficiency. Read [...]

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