ICIS Chemical Business (the magazine I work for) published this week its automotive issue and most of the topics seem to congregate on making automobiles green via fuel efficiency and use of renewable fuels.
Andy Brice wrote “The Weighting Game” which talked about innovative chemical products (an example is biobased engineering plastics) that reduce the weight of vehicles, and thus making them more economical and reduces emissions.
Consultants from PricewaterhouseCoopers wrote about the new CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards being recommended by the EPA, which calls for a new minimum average fuel economy requirements of 35.5 miles/gallon for vehicles by 2016 compared to the current 27.5 mpg. The change won’t be cheap they said.
Ryan Hickman tells a story about the cash-for-clunkers auto stimulus program in the US (and worldwide), how they affected sales of new automobiles and down the road, demand for automotive chemicals and materials.
Doris de Guzman (that’s me!), wrote about next generation liquid biofuelsfor the automotive industry such as cellulosic ethanol, biobutanol,algae-based biofuel and hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel.
I also wrote a small article about innovations within the tire industry (such as more fuel-efficient tires) as the rubber industry celebrates synthetic rubber’s 100 years this year.
Last September, the US House of Representatives passed the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009.The bill authorizes appropriations to the Secretary of Energy forresearch, development, demonstration, and commercial application ofvehicles and related technologies for 2010-2014.
Grants from the DOE will be given to automakers (including non-USbased with domestic manufacturing plants) and suppliers to the autoindustry to develop alternative fueled vehicles and other newfuel-efficient vehicle technologies.
The American Chemistry Council approves.