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Environmental Stewardship

FCA US, Ford and General Motors Work to Reduce Their
Environmental Footprint

FCA US, Ford and General Motors are taking a comprehensive, all-inclusive approach to “going green”. Combining innovation, engineering and ingenuity, the U.S. automakers have implemented environmentally friendly measures from the start of production, to the final sale of the vehicle.

Not only have the automakers designed eco-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles, but they have also implemented factory-standards to further minimize their total environmental footprint. From reducing energy consumption and water usage, to recycling vehicle manufacturing waste, to building eco-friendly facilities, FCA US, Ford and General Motors are working to be responsible stewards of the environment.

To name just a few examples, General Motors is repurposing used wood pallets into wood beams for the homebuilding industry. Further, General Motors has transformed the grounds of their Grand Blanc, Michigan Customer Care and Aftersales Headquarters into a wildlife habitat, certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council. In constructing the habitat, they used recycled materials such as Chevrolet Volt battery covers, converted into duck nesting boxes.

Ford has aimed to reduce their footprint by extensively using recycled materials in their vehicle production. The seat fabric on the Ford Fusion is made from recycled water bottles, and post-consumer recycled nylon is used in vehicle components, such as engine fans, HVAC temperature valves, engine covers, cam covers and carbon canisters. Ford also uses soy oil in the production of the seat foam for all of the company’s North American vehicles.

FCA US has made extensive corporate efforts to encourage its dealer-network to put in place high environmental standards for their facilities. The company has established a new Dealer ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Program, to recognize dealers that demonstrate eco-friendly practices. Among other implementations, some dealerships have installed extensive solar-panel systems and rainwater collection systems, to lower their overall environmental footprint.

The American Auto Industry is doing its part to innovate and reliably and dependably “go green.”


May 23 2016
FCA US Media

The FCA US Belvidere Assembly Plant (Ill.) wants to make caring for the environment “cool.”

May 19 2016
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Thursday it is expanding its Maven personal mobility brand, adding car-sharing services in Boston and Washington, D.C., this summer. The Detroit automaker, which launched Maven earlier this year in Ann Arbor, also expanded within the past few weeks to Chicago and serves residential customers in certain apartment buildings in New York City.

May 19 2016
Written by Kirsten Korosec | Posted on Fortune

The automaker is creating and testing new foam and plastic components using carbon dioxide captured during its operations to make seats and interiors, Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman, said during Fortune Brainstorm E, a two-day summit about energy, technology, and sustainability that kicked off Monday in Carlsbad, Calif.

May 11 2016
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

The carmaker, meanwhile, in its 2015 Sustainability Report released Tuesday said it is ahead of its goal to double the number of U.S. vehicles that generate 40 miles per gallon or more highway fuel economy by 2017. GM said it had nine vehicles that met that criteria last year, up from six in 2014, five in 2013 and two in 2011.

May 10 2016
Written by Evan Niu | Posted on The Motley Fool

Automakers have just turned in their monthly U.S. sales reports for the month of April. Within the environmentally friendly subset of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, General Motors is crushing it. The Chevy Volt grabbed the title of best all-time plug-in seller from the Nissan Leaf last month, and held on to the crown for April. It seems like the new 2017 model year refresh for the Volt is already paying dividends.