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CALIFORNIA LOOKS TO LOTUS FOR REDUCING VEHICLE WEIGHT

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CALIFORNIA LOOKS TO LOTUS FOR REDUCING VEHICLE WEIGHT

By Mark Kleis

The state of California, long known for its tough stance on emissions, has contracted Lotus engineering to continue its study on how to reduce the weight of vehicles in an effort to increase efficiency.

Lotus Engineering has been tasked by California’s Air Resources Board, or CARB, to further test the crash worthiness of the light-weight vehicle it previously produced. The $2 million contract comes several months after Lotus Engineering first unveiled detailed specifications and explanations behind how to shave 38 percent of the vehicle mass off of a Toyota Venza – not including the powertrain (33 percent including powertrain).

Lotus believes that a reduction in weight of somewhere between 30 and 40 percent can be achieved on most vehicles with moderate annual volumes of at least 50,000 vehicles with only a 3 percent increase in cost. As a result of the substantial drop in weight, fuel economy is expected to jump by an astounding 23 percent!

Now CARB aims to test the lightweight version of the vehicle and see if it retains the essential crash test qualities also required in modern vehicles. Should Lotus be able to demonstrate little to no reduction in crash worthiness, expect the widespread application of this weight-saving techniques across the industry in the relatively near future.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/california-awards-lotus-contract-on-vehicle-weight-reduction.html

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