Towards Improving Fuel Economy through Tribology Testing
Fuel Economy 1970-2016
Increasing at an average of 5% annually, most passenger cars must achieve 39 mpg, and light trucks 30 mpg, by 2016
Passenger Car Growth Statistics
- Global passenger car sales rose by 7.2% to 66.6 million vehicles in 2012
- All regions grew except Western Europe
- Double-digit growth rates in North America and in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Demand in South America reached an all-time high.
- Global passenger car production rose by 6.0% to 70.5 million units in the reporting period
Energy Loses in a passenger car
- Only 17%–21% of the energy from the fuel you put in your tank gets used to move your car down the road
- Rest of the energy is lost to engine and driveline inefficiencies or used to power accessories
- Potential to improve fuel efficiency with advanced technologies is enormous
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