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Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting Pre-Read

Report or White Paper, 2013

Respondents were from across the supply chain: OEMs, Tier 1s, material suppliers, equipment and tooling suppliers, government, universities, national labs, and industry consultants. 18 of 21 respondents indicated they are “very interested” in a carbon fiber composite part commercialization effort Respondents were willing to contribute to the effort: 14 said they could support with in-kind equipment, material, or labor 3 said they could support with a direct financial contribution


Autocomposites Commercialization Launchpad Kickoff Meeting: Post Meeting Report

Report or White Paper, 2013

• Manufacturing demonstration equipment and standard test rigs
 • A launchpad for competitive, application-specific commercialization projects • 
A clearing house for aligning academic, private, and government R&D with industry needs
 • A center for developing and proving out solutions to collective R&D challenges such as joining • A source for material data • Initial launchpad goals are to • Produce a commercialization 
timeline and plan for a specific high-volume automotive application • Identify means of addressing remaining technological and investment gaps to commercialization • Identify and assign initial team roles and responsibilities


A Farewell to Fossil Fuels: Answering the Energy Challenge

Journal or Magazine Article, 2012

In this article published in Foreign Affairs, Amory Lovins describes a U.S. transition from fossil fuels--a blueprint detailed in Reinventing Fire-- that requires pursuing three agendas. First, radical automotive efficiency can make electrification affordable and save fuel in heavy vehicles; and all vehicles can be used more productively. Second, new designs can make buildings and factories several times more efficient than they are now. Third, modernizing the electric system to make it diverse, distributed, and renewable can also make it clean, reliable and secure. Getting the U.S. off fossil fuels would transform its foreign policy, and turbocharge global development. He argues that we don't have to wait for congress to seize these opportunities.

This article is also available to read at Foreign Affairs.


Reinventing Fire Transportation Sector Methodology

Report or White Paper, 2011

This document provides RMI's methodology for the analysis of the transportation sector in Reinventing Fire.


Preface to the Chinese Edition of Winning the Oil Endgame

Book or Book Chapter, 2008
In the preface to the Chinese edition to Winning the Oil Endgame, Amory Lovins puts the book in context for the Chinese audience. Winning the Oil Endgame offers a strategy for ending US oil dependence.


Transformational Trucks: Determining the Energy Efficiency Limits of a Class-8 Tractor Trailer

Report or White Paper, 2008

Feasible technological improvements in vehicle efficiency, combined with “long combination vehicles” (which raise productivity by connecting multiple trailers), can potentially raise the ton-mile efficiency of long-haul heavy tractor-trailers by a factor ~2.5 with respect to a baseline of 130 ton-miles/gal. Within existing technological and logistical constraints, these innovations (which do not include such further opportunities as hybrid-electric powertrains or auxiliary power units to displace idling) could thus cut the average fuel used to move each ton of freight by ~64 percent. This would annually save the current U.S. Class 8 fleet about four billion gallons of diesel fuel and 45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. Further benefits would include lower shipping costs, bigger profits for trucking companies, fewer tractor-trailers on the road, and fewer fatal accidents involving them. Thus transformational, not incremental, redesign of tractors, trailers, and (especially) both as in integrated system can broadly benefit economic prosperity, public health, energy security, and environmental quality.


Profitable GHG Reduction Through Fuel Economy

Presentation, 2007
This presentation outlines practical ways that Class-8 truck fleets can realize significant fuel savings and increased profits through fuel efficiency. Focusing on components that save fuel and providing case studies that have capitalized on these opportunities, RMI's researchers demonstrate how a 25% fuel economy improvement is possible today using existing technologies that can be retrofitted onto almost any highway truck.


Truck Efficiency and GHG Reduction Opportunities in the Canadian Truck Fleet

Report or White Paper, 2007

Fuel-efficiency devices such as retrofittable aerodynamic technologies, fuel-efficient tires, and auxiliary power units can effectively offset engine-efficiency losses resulting from the 2002 and 2007 Environment Canada and U.S. EPA emissions regulations, while reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions significantly. To identify which fuel-saving devices are most effective, consistent, clear involvement from government is critical. If the industry is to quickly and effectively improve its GHG emissions, government must play a leadership role, a technical role, and a financial role. This report discusses how truck operators can reduce the fuel use and GHG emissions of their vehicles. Beginning with an explanation of end-use efficiency, we outline the major end-use opportunities on highway trucks and then discuss the financial and environmental benefits of the efficiencies. Estimates show that if the entire Canadian fleet of 294,000 Class-8 trucks were to adopt a full package of energy-efficiency technologies, Canadian truck owners and operators would save 4.1 billion litres of fuel and reduce emissions by 11,500,000 tonnes of GHG each year. This is equivalent to taking 64,000 Class-8 trucks off the road or taking 2.6 million cars off the road.


Winning the Oil Endgame: Executive Summary

Book or Book Chapter, 2004
The Executive Summary of Winning the Oil Endgame briefly outlines RMI's strategic plan to end oil dependence by the 2040s.


Hypercars, Hydrogen, and the Automotive Transition

Journal or Magazine Article, 2004
Lightweighting is the key to making vehicles superefficient and safe. In this invited technical review paper in the International Journal of Vehicle Design, Amory Lovins and David Cramer explain why, using as an example Hypercar's 2000 virtual design of the Revolution 99-mpg SUV. The paper also shows how Hypercar's Fiberforge process promises to achieve that goal at competitive cost, and how this manufacturing breakthrough can accelerate an exciting new stage in automaking and the emergence of the hydrogen economy.


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