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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.

Jan 02 2014
Written by AP | Posted on ABC News

Ford plans to unveil at this month's International CES gadget show a solar-powered concept car that offers the same performance as a plug-in hybrid but without the need for a plug.

The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept car uses a gasoline engine combined with a gizmo that acts like a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun's rays on the vehicle's roof-mounted solar panels. The automaker says the vehicle's estimated combined city-highway mileage is 100 mpg.

Dec 30 2013
Chrysler Media Page

As part of its overall continued commitment to Detroit community, the Jeep® brand will sponsor this year’s upcoming 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, where the Bowling Green Falcons and Pittsburgh Panthers will go head to head at Ford Field the evening of Thursday, December 26. In addition to its sponsorship of the event, the Jeep brand will donate 250 tickets for the game to local charities and organizations, including the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy staff members, students and their families. For information on tickets, go to www.FordField.com.

Dec 30 2013
GM Media Page

Precision not patriotism is the focus of red, white and blue light scanning used by General Motors’ Competitive Benchmarking team to surgically dissect competitor vehicles.

The high-tech search for what is good and bad is conducted about three dozen times a year globally with models strategically selected that are all-new or feature industry-first systems and technologies.   

The light scanners mathematically capture precise 3-D images of vehicle structures and components. Complete sets of scans become reverse-engineered computer models for comparing to GM designs.

Dec 19 2013
Written by David Undercoffler | Posted on LA Times

Ford has announced it is joining a growing list of automakers who are taking a serious look at the future of self-driving cars.

The automaker has teamed up with the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to develop an autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid test car. The collaboration will use the car to develop technologies that Ford and its suppliers can use on a future generation of vehicles.

Dec 18 2013
GM Media Page

General Motors is joining the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Partnership, which will drive benchmarking of fuel consumption and reduction of emissions by its freight shippers and carriers with the goal of further shrinking the company’s carbon footprint.

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