WEIGHT REDUCTION POTENTIAL OF AUTOMOBILES AND LIGHT TRUCKS: 1979 SUMMARY SOURCE DOCUMENT

The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of the potential for weight reduction for passenger cars and light trucks (including pickup trucks, vans, and utility vehicles of GVWR up to 8500 pounds) in the 1980 to 2000 model year period. Various aspects of vehicular performance are addressed. Four weight reduction scenarios involving material substitution are presented with increasing technological sophistication. In addition to the baseline data, dominant case assessments for high strength steel, fiber reinforced plastic, aluminum, and hybrid reinforced plastics are provided.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway, Kendall Square
    Cambridge, MA  USA  02142

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    Office of Research and Development, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Hsia, H S
    • Kidd, J A
  • Publication Date: 1980-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 194 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314400
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-TSC-NHTSA-79-54, DOT-HS-805-131
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2002 12:00AM