Technical Options for Improving the Fuel Economy of U.S. Cars and Light Trucks by 2010-2015

Research Report T012


John DeCicco, Feng An, and Marc Ross


Estimates a range of potential fuel economy levels for a representative set of vehicles including cars, minivans, and SUVs, and projects implications for nationwide fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Engineering simulation analysis is applied to vehicle redesign packages ranging from a conservative evolution of conventional technologies to expanding use of advanced technologies including lightweight materials and hybrid drive.