Avient: Avoid Lightweighting Mistakes


Studies by the EPA and other organizations show that each 5 percent of vehicle weight removed can improve fuel economy by 2 percent. Generally, replacing a metal component with a plastic one results in a 50 percent weight reduction, so the math is attractive to designers striving to reach Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets. Make sure you don’t take any missteps when removing weight.

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