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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 08 2014
Written by Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted on The Hill

In an effort to expand its renewable energy, General Motors is building three acres of solar arrays at two of its Michigan plants.

The U.S. automaker is teaming up with Consumers Energy to build multiple 150-kilowatt ground-mount solar arrays to be installed later this summer, Grand Rapids Press reports.

The company said the solar panels will generate roughly 400,000 kilowatt hours of power, and are projected to power two plants and add renewable energy to the power grid in the surrounding region.

Jul 08 2014
Written by Chris Woodyard | Posted on USA Today

Chrysler Group may have found a hit with the light-duty diesel engines that it putting in its Ram full-size pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The number of buyers opting for the 240-horsepower V-6 EcoDiesel is substantial enough that Chrysler is asking its Italian supplier, a Fiat subsidiary, to send more of the engines, Automotive News reports.

Jul 07 2014
Written by Larry P. Vellequette | Posted on Automotive News

CHELSEA, Mich. -- Fiat Group executives are looking at ways to produce more light-duty diesel engines for Chrysler Group vehicles.

So far, Chrysler's diesel experiment, which it launched last year, is working. Brand executives said demand is brisk for diesel-powered versions of the Ram 1500 pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, the two vehicles that offer the 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel.

EcoDiesel engine maker VM Motori, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Group, has capacity to build about 100,000 of the diesels per year, a source in Italy said.

Jul 02 2014
Written by Patrick Rall | Posted on Torque News

While Ford Motor Company is expecting the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to be fairly popular both in the United States and overseas, some are brushing off this new turbocharged engine as little more than a short-run redeux of the old SVO Mustang – but there is a good chance that this engine could play a very big role in the future of the model.

Jun 30 2014
Written by Bradford Wernle | Posted on Automotive News

DETROIT-- Ford is touting the 2015 Edge crossover as a showcase for its latest technologies.

It will be the first Ford-branded vehicle offered with such features as adaptive steering, a 180-degree front camera, an enhanced parking assist system and a glove box airbag.

Ford showed the vehicle to journalists last week at a daylong preview here. A concept version was shown in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new vehicle is roomier, more powerful and more aerodynamic than the first-generation Edge, which debuted in 2006. Ford hopes to move the vehicle upscale.