New US fuel economy standards had major technical input from Ricardo

New US fuel economy standards had major technical input from Ricardo
02 September 2012

Ricardo is extremely pleased to announce that its US subsidiary, Ricardo Inc., has been a major contributor of technical knowledge and analytical research to the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the new fuel economy standards announced on 28th August.

In support of the EPA’s endeavour, Ricardo Inc. developed an advanced vehicle performance simulation tool using math-based models that not only account for today’s powertrain technologies but also next generation technologies that would be production-ready by 2025.

Ricardo is working with companies throughout the automotive industry to reduce GHG emissions and improve fuel economy toward achieving the new 54.5 mpg standard. Driven by cost and investment efficiency pressures as well as drivability and performance expectations, the vehicle and powertrain of tomorrow will be vastly different than today’s and will feature:

  • A total systems approach to optimize not just the powertrain but the complete vehicle.
  • Greater use of lightweight materials along with new approaches to mass optimization
  • A wide array of new powertrain architecture and design solutions
  • Significant downsizing combined with enhanced boost systems
  • Advanced combustion controls
  • Next generation direct injection
  • High efficiency, variable ancillary drives 

Having independent expertise in all aspects of powertrain and vehicle engineering, Ricardo is well placed and relishes the challenges ahead with engineering solutions for the automotive industry to meet these new standards.

John Kasab, Ricardo’s chief engineer for the EPA programme, said: “Ricardo is one of very few organizations globally that is capable of producing informed and objective analysis at this level and it is deeply gratifying to see the results of our work contributing to such a landmark result. We look forward to continuing our work related to improving vehicle efficiencies and providing insight on future policy recommendations.”


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