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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.

Apr 10 2014
Written by Andrew Wendell | Posted on Car and Drive

When Ford announced earlier this year that its new F-150 would employ aluminum for the majority of it’s construction, speculation that insurance, repair, and manufacturing costs would increase began to circulate almost immediately.

Apr 09 2014
Written by Jeff Bennett | Posted on The Wall Street Journal

General Motors Co. GM -2.23%  on Tuesday announced a $449 million investment in two Michigan plants to bolster the development and production of its Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR hybrid-electric vehicles.

Mar 13 2014
Written by Philippe Crowe | Posted on Hybrid Cars

Chrysler took steps to green the plant in which its large rear wheel drive sedans are built.

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant (BAP) is the first automotive assembly plant in Canada to achieve TÜV’s ISO 50001: 2011“Energy Management” standards certification.

Chrysler builds in Brampton the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger.

Introduced in 2011, the ISO 50001 norm includes globally recognized requirements for energy management systems, which are an important element of energy performance and greenhouse gas reduction.

Mar 07 2014
Written by Karl Henkel | Posted on The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s 11 North American assembly plants are humming at 135 percent efficiency, which could grow as the automaker continues to fine-tune manufacturing processes.

Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of North and South America operations, says the company continues to look for ways to eke out extra production of cars, crossovers and trucks.

Feb 27 2014
Written by Sam McEachern | Posted on GM Authority

The tally of electric only miles accumulated by Chevrolet Volt owners surpassed the 400,000,000 mile mark yesterday, equivalent to walking the Great Wall of China 30,000 times, according to General Motors.
Total miles driven by Volt owners have topped 640,000,000 while the EREV has saved about 21 million gallons of gasoline. The money saved by fuel-conscious Volt owners on gasoline is enough to buy 159 acres of a private island.