Life cycle energy demand and greenhouse gas savings from pickup truck lightweighting

Robert De Kleine

Ford Motor Company

Robert De Kleine is a Life Cycle Research Analyst at Ford Motor Company. His research considers the sustainability performance of automotive materials, manufacturing, fuels, and personal mobility from a life cycle perspective.  Prior to joining Ford, he worked as a Research Specialist at the Center for Sustainable Systems.  Robert holds a Master’s degrees in Natural Resources and Environment and in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 


Vehicle mass reduction is a critical strategy for vehicle manufacturers as they work to meet stringent fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. Vehicle lightweighting is often accomplished by utilizing alternative materials... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Robert De Kleine (Ford Motor Company)
  2. Josh Smith (Ford Motor Company)
  3. Hyung Chul Kim (Ford Motor Company)
  4. Timothy J. Wallington (Ford Motor Company)

Topic Area

• Business and industry practices / case studies


WS-17 » Sustainable consumption and production systems (13:45 - Wednesday, 28th June, Room H)

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