Environmental Stewardship

Rochester GM facility goes 'landfill free'

General Motors executive John Bradburn longs for the day when the automaker won't have to do any recycling.

It's not that Bradburn, general manager of the corporation's waste reduction efforts, isn't environmentally friendly. Actually, he's hoping that someday everything will be used up in the production process and there won't be anything left over to dispose of.

"We want to recycle and reuse zero. That would mean all material is consumed in the process," said Bradburn.

2014 consumer electronics show

A record nine automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the 2014 consumer electronics show — renamed 2014 International CES — as automakers seek to convince consumers that their brands have the best and most up-to-date onboard electronics.

The show’s organizers said Monday Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes and Toyota will showcase their latest technologies at the Jan. 7-10 show in Las Vegas — just a week before press preview days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

General Motors And Detroit Renewable Energy Combine To Create Most Energy-Efficient GM Facility Worldwide

Industry accounts for approximately 33% of the energy consumed in the United States. A good deal of this energy is simply wasted as heat released into the environment. For example, about 66% of the energy produced when electricity is generated from a coal-burning power plant is wasted – making it one of the most inefficient energy resources available. Such waste can cost companies and consumers billions of dollars over time, without even taking into account the environmental and health costs for which coal-burning power plants are responsible.

Big data, 4G, and life-saving sensors: GM's vision of the smart car future

The car of the future is going to drive itself, brake itself, park itself (more or less) — and be part of a worldwide communications system that will be based on 4G; it will gather and communicate data, that will be used to offer a Facebook-style personalised experience to drivers. That's the vision of the future smart car that General Motors presented at an event in Israel recently, as Gil Golan, director of GM's Advanced Technical Center (ATC) in Israel, shared the company's view of how the vehicles of the future could look.

New Chrysler Tank Makes It Easier To Use Natural Gas in Cars and Trucks

The use of natural gas to power vehicles could become widespread, thanks to a new storage tank developed by Chrysler. Automotive News reported that the new tank will free automakers from the need to use large cylinders to store natural gas.

Natural gas for vehicles had use to have to be stored in special cylinders, similar to the ones on barbecue grills. The new tanks use a shape similar to the human lung to store in several different compartments.

The Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler Group LLC's Southeast Business Center Heighten Their Support of American Farmers in the Southeast

The Ram Truck brand and Chrysler Group LLC's Southeast Business Center (SEBC) continue to highlight the Year of the Farmer on November 9 by promoting farming and agriculture in the football arena.

Ford Uses Big Data to "Stay Green"

Ford researchers are experimenting with vehicles that produce as much as 250 gigabytes of data per hour, which the company believes it can use to strengthen its business and reduce environmental impact.

"There are so many amazing possibilities to consider for the future impact of data," said John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters, in a press release touting the company's efforts to use Big Data to "stay green." "The possibilities are not only exciting, they are, in fact, almost endless," Viera said.

Cadillac ELR Takes Active Noise Cancelling to the Limit

DETROIT – The all-new 2014 Cadillac ELR’s interior is so quiet when running on battery power that the electrified luxury coupe’s development team took care to keep it that way when the on-board gas-powered electric generator turns on for extended-range driving.

ELR uses active noise cancelling to uniquely preserve the peace and quiet. While most cars that use this type of sound-neutralizing technology aim simply to mute exhaust boom at low engine speeds, such as when idling, ELR uses it across all engine speeds.