CAFE Standards: Technologies to Meet Them
Vehicle lightweighting remains the clear leader among technologies the auto industry plans to use to meet the 2025 CAFE standards. Fully 63% of respondents to the 2016 WardsAuto survey cited lightweight structural materials as a focus area, virtually unchanged from the previous year. Interest in engine efficiency was the second highest mention, at 49%, slightly down from 56% in 2015. Transmission technologies was cited as the 3rd most important list of tools the industry is using to reach CAFE compliance, with 40% of respondents listing technologies such as multi-speed, CVT and DCT as focus areas.