Last August, the Obama administration announced new fuel efficiency standards for the USâ€™ cars and light trucks. It stated that by 2025 those vehicles must average 54.5 miles per gallon(4.3L/100Kms) â€“ nearly double todayâ€™s average fuel efficiency!
To help vehicle manufacturers achieve this target, researchers at PPGâ€™s Allison Park Coatings Innovation Center (CIC) are kicking off a three-year project. Funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the aim is to develop PPG pre-treatment and electrocoat technologies for the next generation of magnesium alloys.Â
â€œThese alloys are considered a significant enabler for improving automobile fuel economy,â€ said Dick Karabin, Associate Director of Substrate Protection and Engineered Materials at the CIC. â€œTheyâ€™re a practical alternative for achieving more than a 50-per cent weight reduction compared to the same components manufactured from steel. This project ensures that PPG will continue to be a market leader in automotive pre-treatments and electrodeposition primers even as fabrication materials evolve for the next generation of lightweight, fuel efficient cars.â€Â
Work on the project will be conducted primarily at the CIC with support from PPGâ€™s Euclid, Ohio, pre-treatment facility.
CAPTION: This demonstration automotive support structure, comprising three types of magnesium alloy, represents the materials and joints that the PPG research-and-development team expects would become part of actual vehicle construction.