Fuel economy of Indian passenger vehicles: status of technology and potential FE improvements

Vehicle fuel economy (FE) norms are being implemented world over to conserve energy and for reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. In the USA, fleet average FE standards were set beginning from the year 1978, but these remained stagnant after the year 1992 until the year 2005 when the standards for light trucks were upgraded. The new standards for the light trucks are based on vehicle size defined in terms of

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