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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.

Jun 18 2014
Ford Media Center

Ford releases its 15th annual Sustainability Report highlighting the company’s commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing and the successes it has achieved thus far

Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally signs the CEO Water Mandate launched by the U.N. Secretary General, expanding the company’s commitment to water conservation and the environment

This year, Ford will begin an initiative to reduce water use by its suppliers worldwide

Jun 16 2014
Written by James R. Healey | Posted on USA Today

The auto universe has shifted from four- and five-speed automatics to eight-speed gearboxes with remarkable speed.

Six-speed automatics, though still widespread, barely had time to claim status as exotic gearboxes before they were leafrogged..

Chrysler Group pioneered the eight-speed transmission in mainstream models, beginning with the 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300.

Jun 13 2014
Written by Sam Mceachern | Posted on GM Authority

With electric vehicle popularity on the rise, more and more employers are offering EV charging stations in their parking lots. General Motors is among them with 401 electric vehicle charging stations located at its numerous facilities all over the world, 20 percent of which are powered using solar energy.

Jun 11 2014
Written by Alisa Priddle | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Ford and Heinz have a juicy idea: They are exploring using tomato fibers for car parts.

The corporate giants are collaborating on replacing petrochemicals in plastic parts with sustainable materials made of tomato fibers. They are testing the fibers’ durability for use in vehicle wiring brackets and storage bins.

The bio-friendly composite uses dried tomato skins.

Jun 06 2014
Written by Clifford Atlyeh | Posted on Car and Driver

You’re looking at a Ford Fusion that’s been modified using so many exotic lightweight materials that it tips the scales at just 2635 pounds, or about as much as Ford’s subcompact Fiesta hatch. (The last production Fusion we weighed rang in at at 3474 pounds.) A curb weight of less than 2700 pounds is unheard of in this vehicle class, and we haven’t seen a sub-3000-pound mid-size Ford sedan since the first-gen Taurus in 1986.

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