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Environmental Stewardship

Cars and trucks represent only 20 percent of America’s annual carbon emissions, yet automakers are the only industry committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of new products by 30 percent in just five years. This reduction is the carbon equivalent of
eliminating 50 coal plants.

The EPA estimates that achieving this standard could cost automakers nearly $52 billion in research and development costs alone. Retooling, materials and manufacturing costs will also be substantial.

Already, automakers offer more than 150 new hybrids, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and GM alone are putting millions of flex fuel vehicles on the road each year.

Jul 28 2014
Fox Sports

The Fiesta is the smallest car Ford sells in the United States, and now it’s available with the tiniest engine the company has ever made.

Ford's first three-piston motor is a 1.0-liter turbocharged powerhouse with an aluminum block the company says is small enough to fit on a sheet of letter paper or in a piece of carry-on luggage, with room to spare. With it, Ford joins Smart, Mitsubishi and MINI in what’s quickly becoming the year of the three-cylinder.

Jul 25 2014
Written by David Shepardson | Posted on Detroit News

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will deliver a keynote speech opening a five-day conference on the future of intelligent transportation in Detroit in September as the issue takes growing importance.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America said Thursday Barra will keynote the 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems on Sept 7. She will address the changing transportation environment around the world as well as the rapidly evolving technology of connected, autonomous, and electric vehicles. GM also confirmed Barra will speak at the event.

Jul 23 2014
Written by Michael Martinez | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday revealed details about the engines that will power the aluminum-body 2015 F-150, and showed the pickup is lighter than originally estimated.

The new truck will be offered with a base 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine, or a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6. And in a direct comparison with a steel-body 2014 F-150, Ford showed a 732-pound weight difference — more than the 700-pound estimate given when the 2015 pickup was revealed at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

Jul 21 2014
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on Green Car Reports

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck seems like a big gamble for the company.

The redesigned version of Ford's best-selling model promises to be more fuel-efficient, but many analysts have asked about aluminum's cost, durability, and ease of repair.

Yet a new study claims that buyers are, if nothing else, intrigued.

The study from research firm UBS found that buyers don't care what material their trucks are made of if performance is comparable--but became more interested in aluminum the more they learned about it, according to The Detroit News.

Jul 16 2014
Written by Sam Mceachern | Posted on GM Authority

General Motors is reportedly developing an all-new 55 kW max/30 kW continuous power inverter which will find its way into future hybrid and electric vehicles released by the company, including the next-generation Chevrolet Volt. The new inverter was announced by GM’s Sean Gleason at the Department of Energy’s Annual Merritt Review in June, where he revealed they are nearly two-thirds of the way finished the $16.6 million project.