If the steel presently used in automotive parts is replaced by lightweight materials such as aluminum, plastic, or lightweight steels, the resulting weight reduction will permit the design of smaller engines, transmissions, and structural supports. A reduction from the present average weight of 3,500 pounds per car to 2,500 pounds would save 2.1 million barrels of oil a day. Vehicle fuel consumption could be greatly reduced in the futue if lighter materials continue to be used. The one drawback to their use is their degree of safety. Tests have shown, however, that aluminum components can be safer than heavier, conventional parts if properly designed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Energy Administration

    12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20461
  • Publication Date: 1975-10

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  • Pagination: p. 2
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00128206
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 16 1975 12:00AM