Ricardo, Inc., a leading independent engineering firm, has introduced a new engineering service designed to help automakers address the new 35 mpg CAFE standard. TVFE (Total Vehicle Fuel Economy) employs a systems approach that quickly identifies, validates and implements the most cost-effective strategies to achieve light-vehicle fuel economy and CO2 goals. TVFE also can be applied to commercial vehicle and military sectors.
TVFE brings [manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers] a unique systems approach that optimizes the cost-benefit-ratio to deliver fuel economy improvements. It addresses and resolves the difficult challenges created when individual fuel-saving technologies can actually work against each other if fuel economy is not approached from a total vehicle perspective.—Dean Harlow, president, Ricardo, Inc.
Ricardo says that it developed TVFE to provide the industry with an independent, unbiased approach to maximize efficiencies, minimize energy losses and decrease loads on the vehicle. The TVFE process integrates vehicle systems so they work together in a complementary manner to achieve the highest possible efficiency.
Achieving maximum fuel efficiency is not necessarily a matter of developing more advanced technologies. To a large extent the technologies to meet the demand for higher fuel economy without compromising the performance and comfort that consumers demand are available to automakers right now. It’s really a question of cost and the relative commercial viability of these technologies, because consumers have not yet shown their willingness to pay the full price for them.—Sandy Stojkovski, Ricardo Inc. Director of Vehicle Engineering