Alcoa’s Randall Scheps Says Aluminum-Intensive Vehicles Are 'Fuel Efficient, Safe and Affordable' at 2009 SAE Meeting
ARLINGTON, Va., February 11, 2009 (News Release) - The Aluminum Association’s Randall Scheps, Marketing Director, Alcoa was a featured presenter at this year’s SAE Government/Industry Meeting. The meeting was held February 3-6, 2009 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC. The event’s theme, Reinventing the Automobile-A Global Change.
Scheps’s panel, “Fuel Economy Effects on Vehicle Safety” discussed the pressures to improve vehicle fuel efficiency and the potential impact of that pressure on safety. The session requested strategies for improving fuel economy without sacrificing the tremendous gains that have been made in safety in recent years. Scheps noted in his presentation that size, not weight, is the best determinant of vehicle safety and that aluminum is very effective at reducing weight without compromising safety. He also noted that pairing an aluminum structure with advanced powertrains like hybrids magnifies the fuel savings. This makes aluminum an increasingly attractive option for improving fuel economy as powertrains become more sophisticated.
AA’s Auto and Light Truck
Group had a booth display at the event, which also featured other
presentations by top policymakers representing government organizations,
technical experts from leading research organizations, and industry
executives and engineers. The meeting explored the regulation,
legislation and technical issues impacting the future, including energy
conservation, the environment, and safety. Topics included fuel economy
and oil prices, alternative energy sources and sustainability, future
vehicle technologies, priorities in motor vehicle safety, and crash
studies and biomechanics.
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The Aluminum Association, based in Arlington, Virginia, works globally to aggressively promote aluminum as the most sustainable and recyclable automotive, packaging and construction material in today’s market. The Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate more than 200 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide.