A growing trend in second-stage manufacturing is light-weighting, which involves specifying lighter-weight materials to achieve an overall weight reduction to an upfitted vehicle. Specifying lighter-weight upfit materials decreases the vehicle’s curb weight, which, in turn, lowers operating costs by reducing fuel consumption and decreases emissions.
U.S. DOT and EPA Lower Gas Mileage Targets
NHTSA and the EPA will increase the stringency of corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) and CO2 emissions standards by 1.5% each year through model-year 2026, as compared with previous standards that would have required about 5% annual increases.