Collaborative research and development continues to provide significant value towards advancing applications of steel in the automotive industry.
The Auto/Steel Partnership has been able to undertake some challenging projects and set a new benchmark for cross-industry collaboration.
Focus on benchmarking, developing and documenting proven solutions that balanced the interaction of material, manufacturing and performance.
With the more stringent fuel economy and emissions regulations, it is more important than ever to collaborate on advancing lightweight steel technologies.
The Obama Administration has set into motion a series of regulations that will raise the standards of fuel efficiency. By the year 2025 all cars and light-duty trucks must meet a 54.5 mpg fuel-economy requirement. The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) is focused on helping automakers meet these requirements through the development of advanced technologies and the implementation of strategic lightweighting steel solutions – all while maintaining the highest standards in passenger safety. This process involves the combination and strategic use of strength and ductility standards, as illustrated in the following chart. The A/SP is committed to providing its members with immediate weight-savings to ensure their successful transition into the highest standards of fuel efficiency. This is achieved through the application of cost-effective design and the use of manufacturing steel solutions. The combined result of these initiatives is more fuel-efficient vehicles by the year 2025.
x - 54.5 mpg fleetwide average in 2025
When the total vehicle's life cycle is considered or taken into account, STEEL is the most environmentally and cost effective choice for auto makers.