In the years leading up to the late 2000s, cars became steadily roomier, safer and better equipped, but they also gained weight – hundreds of pounds. And that added weight meant higher fuel consumption and increased CO2 emissions... and a greater risk of global warming!
Faced with increasingly stringent standards regarding carbon dioxide emissions, automakers have lately been forced back to the drawing board: tomorrow’s cars have to be lightweight!
Future regulatory limits CO2 emissions
- China: 116 g/l (2020)
- European Union: 95 g/l (2021)
- United States: 100 g/l (2025)
Over the past few years, automakers and equipment manufacturers have made fuel reduction their primary focus for innovation. They’ve explored a number of possibilities, including hybrid engines, enhanced engine efficiency and improvements in overall car performance in areas such as aerodynamics, weight reduction and rolling resistance.
But weight reduction has emerged as the most promising avenue for fuel savings: we could eradicate up to 50 grams of CO2 per kilometer by reducing the weight of vehicles or their equipment – that means eliminating a total of 500 kilograms!
Faurecia has been working for a number of years to reduce the weight of its products by optimizing design, improving manufacturing processes to incorporate new, alternative materials, such as composites, and implementing a "system-based" approach to reduce the number of components.
We currently supply up to 300 kg of the equipment on mid-size vehicles. Drawing on a comprehensive set of innovations, we are already in a position to offer weight savings of nearly 100 kg by 2020. And it doesn't end there…
Weight reduction through fuel consumption is a strategic area in which our engineers, technicians, designers and specialists continue to make new developments.
A vehicle able to travel 100 km on two liters of fuel
As part of an automotive industry initiative involving France's leading car manufacturers and equipment suppliers, known as the Plateforme de la Filière Automobile, Faurecia has played an active part in the project to develop a vehicle able to travel 100 km on two liters of fuel to design an affordable car that keeps CO2 emissions down to 50 g/km. Faurecia has been instrumental in developing the Peugeot Hybrid’Air and Renault Eolab, two prototypes that are making their international debut at the Paris Motor Show.
Discover our video on the vehicle able to travel 100 km on two liters of fuel
In 2014, Faurecia is back at the Paris Motor Show with its "Less is More" booth, featuring innovative technologies designed to promote weight savings and energy efficiency. Find out more about some of our leading technologies in the "Innovations" section.
To learn more, watch the video below