Increasing the Fuel Economy and Safety of New Light-DutyVehicles

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One impediment to increasing the fuel economy standards forlight-duty vehicles is the long-standing argument that reducing vehiclemass to improve fuel economy will inherently make vehicles less safe.This technical paper summarizes and examines the research that is citedin support of this argument, and presents more recent research thatchallenges it. We conclude that the research claiming that lightervehicles are inherently less safe than heavier vehicles is flawed, andthat other aspects of vehicle design are more important to the on-roadsafety record of vehicles. This paper was prepared for a workshop onexperts in vehicle safety and fuel economy, organized by the William andFlora Hewlett ... continued below

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Wenzel, Tom & Ross, Marc September 18, 2006.

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One impediment to increasing the fuel economy standards forlight-duty vehicles is the long-standing argument that reducing vehiclemass to improve fuel economy will inherently make vehicles less safe.This technical paper summarizes and examines the research that is citedin support of this argument, and presents more recent research thatchallenges it. We conclude that the research claiming that lightervehicles are inherently less safe than heavier vehicles is flawed, andthat other aspects of vehicle design are more important to the on-roadsafety record of vehicles. This paper was prepared for a workshop onexperts in vehicle safety and fuel economy, organized by the William andFlora Hewlett Foundation, to discuss technologies and designs that can betaken to simultaneously improve vehicle safety and fuel economy; theworkshop was held in Washington DC on October 3, 2006.

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  • Report No.: LBNL--60449
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • DOI: 10.2172/923452 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 923452
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc901850

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Wenzel, Tom & Ross, Marc. Increasing the Fuel Economy and Safety of New Light-DutyVehicles, report, September 18, 2006; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc901850/: accessed December 14, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.