Environmental Stewardship

Chrysler: Emissions regulations challenge powertrains

Chrysler plans significant investments in new powertrain technologies over the next five years as stringent government emissions mandates bite hard.

“Our biggest challenge over the next five years is the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions,” said Bob Lee, Chrysler’s head of powertrain coordination. “This is mostly regulatory driven. It’s a rate of change four to five times what we have experienced in the past.”

Chrysler plans to address the challenge with a mix of efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions, a new family of small engines and some hybridization.


Ford sells 500,000th F-150 with V6 EcoBoost, says big engine truck trend is reversing

Ford Motor Co. said Monday that customer preference in pickup trucks appears to be shifting toward more fuel-efficient and smaller six-cylinder engines, as it announced the sale of its 500,000th F-150 model with EcoBoost.

The truck, which has a 3.5-L V6 engine, was introduced to the market a little more than three years ago.

Ford said Monday that for the fourth month in a row, more than 57 percent of retail sales of its F-150 light-duty trucks have been powered by V6 engines, and more than 45 percent of the sales have been trucks with the EcoBoost engine.

Chrysler reduces power, water usage at renovated Sterling Heights plant

At Chrysler’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, eight wall-mounted precision robots spray powder onto the 2015 Chrysler 200 after it gets a topcoat as the car moves through a three-layer paint process.

Ninety-seven percent of the powder lands on the surface of the car while the remaining 3% is collected and reused.

“Whatever the over-spray is, we reclaim it, and then we clean it up and use it again,” said Faiz Yono, supervisor of Chrysler’s energy group.

Creating the Smarter Fleet: Ford's Latest Buying Tool Saves Customers Money While Helping the Planet

  • The Ford Fleet Purchase Planner™ is a new tool that helps businesses build a fleet of vehicles with an eye toward cost and environmental concerns
  • KONE, a leader in escalator and elevator manufacturing, used the Ford Fleet Purchase Planner to develop a plan to replace its fleet of 160 Ford Fusion cars with new Fusion Hybrid vehicles by 2018; the move is expected to reduce KONE’s carbon emissions output by 850 metric tons annually

For its commitment to analytics and big data collection, Ford was among three finalists for the Institute for Operations Research and Manag

General Motors Flint Metal Center gets EPA recognition after reducing energy by 18 percent

Four General Motors plants, including one in Flint, have met the Energy Star Challenge for Industry by cutting energy use by at least 10 percent.

GM said in a news release today, April 22, that Flint Metal Center on Bristol Road reduced its energy use by 18 percent during a five-year period to achieve the recognition.

Chrysler Greens Brampton Assembly Plant

Chrysler took steps to green the plant in which its large rear wheel drive sedans are built.

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve TÜV’s ISO 50001: 2011“Energy Management” standards certification.

Chrysler builds in Brampton the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.

Introduced in 2011, the ISO 50001 norm includes globally recognized requirements for energy management systems, which are an important element of energy performance and greenhouse gas reduction.

Ford ratchets up plants' efficiency

Ford Motor Co.’s 11 North American assembly plants are humming at 135 percent efficiency, which could grow as the automaker continues to fine-tune manufacturing processes.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of North and South America operations, says the company continues to look for ways to eke out extra production of cars, crossovers and trucks.

Chevrolet Volt Fleet Accumulates 400 Million EV Miles

The tally of electric only miles accumulated by Chevrolet Volt owners surpassed the 400,000,000 mile mark yesterday, equivalent to walking the Great Wall of China 30,000 times, according to General Motors.
Total miles driven by Volt owners have topped 640,000,000 while the EREV has saved about 21 million gallons of gasoline. The money saved by fuel-conscious Volt owners on gasoline is enough to buy 159 acres of a private island.