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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.

Dec 16 2013
Written by James Nelson | Posted on Examiner.com

The Grinch was nowhere to be found Friday, Dec. 13 in or near the Warrior & Family Support Center (WFSC) at the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC). Ram Truck brand and its parent, Chrysler Group LLC, made sure of that.
    
Friday was the occasion of the annual Wounded Warrior family Christmas luncheon with Santa handling out gifts for the Wounded Warrior family children during the hour.

Then, to everyone's surprise, Santa came back to the center a second time with an extra special delivery for the WFSC and the children

Dec 11 2013
Ford Media Page

An independent survey published by KPMG ranks Ford among the 10 leading global companies for corporate responsibility reporting. KPMG’s sustainability survey adds to a wave of recognition for Ford’s sustainability commitment in 2013, a year that boasts record-breaking sales of electrified vehicles, significant reductions in water use across global operations and a broader integration of sustainable materials in all North American vehicles. For more information on Ford’s sustainability initiatives, please see Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability.

Dec 10 2013
Written by Nathan Bomey | Posted on Detroit Free Press

Perhaps General Motors will add the green triangular arrows recycling symbol to the corporate and brand logos atop its Renaissance Center headquarters.

The automaker said the six-tower, 5.5-million-square-foot Renaissance Center is no longer sending any waste to the dump. Instead, the high-rise’s occupants — including the 73-floor Marriott hotel and all of the companies and retailers that rent space in the property — are recycling, reusing and refurbishing all the waste they generate, or sending it to a waste-to-energy converter.

Dec 10 2013
Written by Stephen Edelstein | Posted on The Christian Science Monitor

Someday, muscle-car enthusiasts might brag about kilowatts, not horsepower.

Future versions of the 2015 Ford Mustang, which was revealed last week, might possibly get diesel, hybrid, and even electric powertrains.

At the car's unveiling, Ford global powertrain chief Bob Fascetti told GoAuto that the Blue Oval is pondering all of these options, in an effort to make the Mustang greener.

Dec 05 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will invest $24 million to provide a powerhouse and electrical-generation equipment at two assembly plants to allow for converting landfill gas into electricity.

The Detroit automaker says it will be the first North American automaker to generate its own electricity using landfill gas, a source of renewable energy. The investment is going into GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township and its Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke, Ind. About $13 million will be spent at Orion.

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