Aluminum’s Role in achieving 2025 CAFÉ Standards
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Aluminum’s Role in achieving 2025 CAFÉ Standards
CAFÉ standards for 2017 are 35 MPG, increasing to 54.5 MPG for 2025. Meeting that standard will require maximum deployment of most known fuel economy improvement technologies including advanced engines and transmissions, vehicle weight reduction, aerodynamics, and friction reduction. Automotive engineers have learned aluminum is the material of choice for cost effective vehicle weight reduction. Aluminum offers a unique range of properties including high strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance, energy absorption characteristics and good formability. Aluminum is processed in all major product forms including: casting, rolling, extrusion and forging. Aluminum growth between 2015 and 2025 will be in body and structures. Aluminum body and structures total 200 Million lbs. today, and are projected to increase to 4 Billion lbs. by 2025!