Ford seeks ways to hike fuel efficiency

Sep 28, 2012 | 10:04 AM | Michael Cowden

Tags  Ford Motor, Theodore Miller, alternative materials, carbon fibers, batteries, lithium ion, nickel hydride, Michael Cowden

CHICAGO — Ford Motor Co. is looking at a range of options to boost fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide emissions, including moving away from metals to reduce vehicle weight.

"Substantial weight reduction is a key part of Ford’s strategy. That’s not only alternative metals (to steel) but even work on carbon fibers," according to Theodore Miller, a senior research manager at the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker.....

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