Lightweighting is one way that automakers are trying to make vehicles more energy efficient. For every 100 pounds taken out of a vehicle, fuel economy increases by 1 to 2 percent. To cut weight, engineers are incorporating a raft of new materials in vehicle designs, including composites, plastics, aluminum and high-strength steels. Assembling this hodge-podge of materials will require new ways of fastening and joining. In this exclusive ebook from ASSEMBLY, you’ll learn about state-of-the-art lightweight materials and the technologies for joining them.
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