CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) requirements were authorized for both Cars and Light Trucks as a result of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975. This paper addresses the methods by which fuel economy may be increased by design efficiency of Light Trucks in consideration of legislated goals and considers aerodynamic and road load improvements, weight reduction, powertrain selection and optimization. In selecting the optimum fuel efficient design, adequate consideration must be given to emissions, structural durability, performance constraints and consumer acceptance, not to forget manufacturing constraints and lead-time considerations.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Preprint from the 11-14 December 1978 Meeting.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Bickerstaff, D J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00195308
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 781063
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM