• Increase Fuel Economy

    SAE study quote
    "Two main technology trends—lightweight structural materials (72%) and engine downsizing (65%)—will have the most impact in helping automakers meet fuel-economy targets."
    SAE Study

    Increase Fuel Economy with Lightweight Materials

    • 54.5 – That’s the average miles per gallon the US government has mandated for car and light truck fuel economy by MY2025. That’s up 19.5 mpg from the number originally set by CAFÉ (corporate average fuel economy) regulation for 2016.

      As an automaker, meeting this challenge in the tight eight-year window given is one of your biggest challenges.

      A recent joint study by SAE International and 3M explored the challenges engineers face when seeking alternatives to maximize fuel-savings. It found that two main technology trends—lightweight structural materials (72%) and engine downsizing (65%) – will “have the most impact in helping automakers meet fuel-economy targets.” It also ranked composites among the most favorable lightweighting materials.

      3M creates engineered technologies that make it easier for you to design tomorrow’s lighter vehicles. Our lightweighting and technology experts know the challenges of bonding lighter materials like composites and plastics. We also know how to use existing manufacturing assets to help minimize the investment needed to ramp up. If you have a question for a 3M expert, please connect with us below.

    Composites rank among the most favorable materials for lightweighting.


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3M offers a wide range of innovative adhesives that can be selected for optimal bond area and anticipated loadings in joint designs.

Through the 3M IATD TSR Program and the 3M IATD Design Solutions Program, 3M also helps customers by conducting design reviews and identifying the best design solutions.

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