Ricardo helps shape US CAFE fuel economy rules

Ricardo helps shape US CAFE fuel economy rules
17 May 2009

Technical support provided to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the final 2009 light duty vehicle CAFE rulemaking which will come into force for 2011 - consolidates Ricardo's global position as a technology thought leader in fuel economy

Ricardo provided its expert advice to NHTSA based on technical analysis of comments received for the Notice on Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the process through which interested parties may comment on proposed US regulations.  Ricardo was contracted as an objective and independent authority in assessing comments provided to the NPRM process on cost and effectiveness of fuel saving technologies. The NHTSA project drew on Ricardo's full range of systems-engineering expertise, encompassing gasoline and diesel technology, hybrid propulsion, transmission and driveline systems, controls and electronics, and vehicle engineering.  This role was recognized by NHTSA in the final published version of the 2009 CAFE rule, which states that: "NHTSA chose to contract Ricardo because of its extensive experience and expertise in working with both government and industry on fuel economy-improving technology issues." 

Ricardo's work for NHTSA builds upon previous support provided by the company to US authorities including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Academy of Sciences, and branches of the military.  In addition to the company's long-standing work for customers across the automotive, commercial vehicle and off-highway sectors, this NHTSA project further demonstrates Ricardo's position as a global thought leader in fuel economy. As with its work for regulatory authorities in Europe, Asia and elsewhere, Ricardo provides its objective and independent guidance to regulators to help ensure that future regulation is both feasible and practical from a manufacturing and technology standpoint.

Ricardo plc: With technical centres and offices in the UK, USA, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Russia, China, Japan, India and Korea, Ricardo is a leading independent technology provider and strategic consultant to the world's transportation sector industries. The company's engineering expertise ranges from vehicle systems integration, controls, electronics and software development, to the latest driveline and transmission systems and gasoline, diesel, hybrid and fuel cell powertrain technologies. Its customers include the world's major vehicle, engine and transmission manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and leading motorsport teams. Ricardo is committed to excellence and industry leadership in people, technology and knowledge; approximately 70 per cent of its employees are highly qualified multi-disciplined professional engineers and technicians. A public company, Ricardo plc posted sales of £197.7 million in financial year 2008 and is a constituent of the FTSE techMark 100 index - a group of innovative technology companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.  For more information, visit www.ricardo.com.