Tricks of the Trade: Designing the Greener Cars of Tomorrow

Lets face it, Americans love big cars, and its usually the case that the bigger the car, the better. And its no surprise that our obsession with these is the reason we burn through gas at an alarming rate, more so than any other nation on the planet in all honesty. All the while automakers are using cheaper engineers techniques to bump up their efficiency of popular models.

Back in 2011 when the big guy Barrack Obama, announced that he was going to put forth an agreement that was made between 13 car manufacturers in an attempt to increase the average fuel economy of all cars that are going to be coming out by 2025 to 54.5 miles per gallon. But when it comes to sustained low fuel prices and the attempt to increase their sales of trucks as opposed to cars are making that target look a little to ambitious. And when I say too ambitious what I mean to say is flat out impossible.

One way to get there is an attempt to reduce the weight of their vehicles. Traditionally, that’s something that involved using aluminum, and stuff like that not to mention a bit push for carbon fiber. But as the New York times says there’s really a good chance that they are going to do something kind of crazy and go for an all around alternative and that would be glue, that’s right glue.

The 2017 GMC Acadia SUV makes use of a new highly advanced adhesive, that is similar to something you would use on air planes during manufacturing that holds together the sub frame. This is of coarse in opposition to the usual suspects such as spot welds or glue that are usually, thinner steel. Alone with their other weight saving measures that will allow the Acadia to shed more than 700 pounds and that is just on the frame, so yeah.

If we look else where, the electrical system inside our cars are being suped up to help them increase their green factors in a number of new and exciting ways.

Elsewhere, the electrical system inside cars are being aided in order to help them improve their own green credentials. Most of the regular non-electric cars that are used in the electrical system today are rated at just under the 12 volts, but as the Economist points out every day and twice on Sunday 48 volt systems look set to appear in cars as soon as 2017 so hold on to your horses and buckle up because its going to be a rocky ride.

Today there is going to be a lot of turbulence ¬†surrounding the market and thats fine but at the end of the day we really should be trying to reach standards that far exceed the ones first put forth by the Obama administration because frankly they don’t go far enough. The reason being is that the gas we are getting now from tar sands and fracking is just dirty plan and simple, not to mention we are going to have a lot more people in the future on the roads.

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