EU car standards have a weight problem

Present European Union fuel economy standards discriminate against use of lightweight materials while an alternative basis for setting targets would cut the cost of more ambitious targets.

Present European Union fuel economy standards discriminate against use of lightweight materials while an alternative basis for setting targets would cut the cost of more ambitious targets.

The European Commission has proposed a target to reduce carbon emissions from cars by 2020 to nearly a third below present levels, in a regulation currently awaiting European Parliament and member state approval.

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