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Kickstarting the Widespread Adoption of Automotive Carbon Fiber Composites: Key Findings and Next Steps

Report or White Paper, 2013

This report details the results of RMI's 2012 Autocomposites Workshop. During the course of a three-day workshop, ~40 leading experts from across the automotive carbon fiber composite value chain, industry experts, and government representatives convened to develop approaches to break down the barriers that have stifled advancements in vehicle weight reduction made possible by widespread penetration of carbon fiber composite into mainstream vehicles. This report summarizes the key findings from the workshop.


The Atlantic Mann Rebuttal

Journal or Magazine Article, 2013

On April 24, 2013, The Atlantic ran a cover feature by writer Charles C. Mann, “What If We Never Run Out of Oil?” The piece contained a number of inaccuracies, to which Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and chief scientist Amory B. Lovins responded in a rebuttal the magazine posted on May 13, 2013. One day later, Mann offered a counter of his own, but perpetuated a range of errors. In this definitive reply, Lovins sets the record straight.


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


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 Workshop Pre-Read

Report or White Paper, 2012

RMI is committed to reducing U.S. oil dependence and enhancing the competitive positioning of the U.S. automotive sector by catalyzing a shift to ultralight, ultrastrong autobodies made of advanced materials, particularly carbon fiber composites. Light autobodies dramatically improve fuel efficiency and allow powertrains to be smaller, lighter, more efficient, and more cost-effectively electrified. Understanding the barriers, developing consensus on the way forward, and spurring a transition through collaborative risk sharing, policy, and government support of research and development will be critical to success. This pre-read document prepared participants for the 2012 Autocomposites Workshop. It provides an overview of the autocomposites project, an overview of the carbon fiber industry, summary of major barriers to implementation, and possible solutions to overcome those challenges.


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.


Ultralight Vehicles: Non-Linear Correlations Between Weight and Safety

Journal or Magazine Article, 2008
Development of dramatically lightweight and fuel-efficient vehicles has been slowed by perceptions that lighter vehicles are less safe. This conference paper describes RMI's virtually modeled ultralight concept vehicle that met NHTSA safety requirements, and shows how lightweighting the fleet can accelerate progress towards “Triple Safety”—protection from climate change, drivers themselves, and other road users.


Feebates: a Legislative Option to Encourage Continuous Improvements to Automobile Efficiency

Report or White Paper, 2008
A feebate is an incentive policy that encourages the continuous improvement of automobile fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions by providing incentives for manufacturers to build more efficient vehicles and rewarding consumers who purchase more efficient vehicles. This paper explores: why RMI believes a feebate is a valuable tool, recent analysis that RMI has done on feebates, what the current status of the feebate is, and how the feebate could interact with existing laws.


Triple Safety: Lightweighting Automobiles to Improve Occupant, Highway, and Global Safety

Journal or Magazine Article, 2008

Automobilesʼ negative impact on human health and welfare includes traffic-related deaths and injuries as well as the deaths and injuries caused by automobilesʼ contribution to climate change and other global environmental degradation. This paper explores solutions that both enhance vehicle performance and reduce environmental impacts, and focuses on demonstrating the ability of lightweight vehicles to provide such a solution. Some controversy exists around the question of whether lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles can be as safe as traditional vehicles. Recent research reviewed in this paper indicates that several solutions exist that can both improve efficiency and thereby global safety, and maintain (or even improve) highway safety. SAE Paper 2008-01-1282 © 2008 SAE International. This paper is posted on this site with permission from SAE International. As a user of this site, you are permitted to view this paper on-line, and print one copy of this paper at no cost for your use only. This paper may not be copied, distributed or forwarded to others for further use without permission from SAE.


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