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    High Performance Steel

    Why Lightweighting With Steel Makes Sense.

    How will you meet the government’s increasing C.A.F.E. standards of 54.5 mpg by 2025? Lightweighting with steel is a big part of the answer. In fact, advanced high-strength steel is the largest growing automotive material.

    THAT’S WHY NUCOR CONTINUES TO DEVELOP NuStrength,
    our family of high-performance, lighter weight steels. Leading-edge, formable steels like these can reduce vehicle weight up to 35%. And every 10% reduction in weight improves fuel economy by 6% to 8%.

    So what about alternative materials like aluminum and carbon fiber?

    Material Comparison

    Sure, aluminum can reduce vehicle weight, but it also takes more energy to produce, its production process puts out more emissions, and it costs considerably more than steel. As for carbon fiber, its costs are even higher and it’s more difficult to recycle.