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HP Petrochemicals: Future vehicle design will need collaboration among HPI and auto manufacturers

The US automotive market is under stress to meet new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) targets of 50 mpg for 2025 model vehicles. The tighter fuel specifications will bring together automobile man..

DuBose, Ben, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The US automotive market is under stress to meet new corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) targets of 50 mpg for 2025 model vehicles. The tighter fuel specifications will bring together automobile manufacturers, refiners and petrochemical companies to solve this problem. From a consumer’s viewpoint, the new fuel-efficient vehicles must be stylish and reliable, and they must deliver performance. More importantly, they must be affordable without compromising safety and quality. Many materials are used to construct an automobile, such as engineered plastics and advanced polymers, as well as steel, aluminum and magnesium. With improved performance properties, advanced plastics and polymers

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