Automakers Race to Meet New Fuel Standards

Proposed Fuel Rules Standard

American Chemistry Council - August 30, 2012

As joint EPA and NHTSA fed­eral rules go into place, increas­ing CAFÉ stan­dards for cars and light trucks intro­duced in model years 2017–2025, automak­ers work on mak­ing their vehi­cles meet the standards.

Find out what holds the key to meet­ing those standards.

Plas­tics hold the key to help­ing cars meet mileage and emis­sion goals.

In response to the new rule, America’s plas­tics mak­ers are empha­siz­ing readi­ness to help automak­ers and orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) meet the new stan­dards with a range of light­weight and ver­sa­tile materials.

“Many plas­tics, includ­ing plas­tics com­pos­ites, have a his­tory of help­ing to make cars lighter and more agile while enhanc­ing safety and per­for­mance,” said Steve Rus­sell, ACC’s [Amer­i­can Chem­istry Coun­cil] vice pres­i­dent of plas­tics.