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June 22, 2016

New magnesium metal production technology promises lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles

Cars that cover more distance with less fuel? Sure! If you replaced some of their steel and aluminum components and body parts with magnesium metal ones, you'd have automobiles that are as much as 50 percent lighter. That means they would be more fuel-efficient than traditional, heavier vehicles.

Infinium, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), has developed a new way to make magnesium metal – a zero-emissions, energy-efficient technology that also costs much less than current production methods.

The race toward lighter, more fuel-efficient vehicles just ramped up a notch.

The research in this video was supported by NSF Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) awards: #0912743 and #1026639.

Credit: National Science Foundation (NSF)

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