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Environmental Stewardship

FCA US, Ford and General Motors Work to Reduce Their
Environmental Footprint

FCA US, Ford and General Motors are taking a comprehensive, all-inclusive approach to “going green”. Combining innovation, engineering and ingenuity, the U.S. automakers have implemented environmentally friendly measures from the start of production, to the final sale of the vehicle.

Not only have the automakers designed eco-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles, but they have also implemented factory-standards to further minimize their total environmental footprint. From reducing energy consumption and water usage, to recycling vehicle manufacturing waste, to building eco-friendly facilities, FCA US, Ford and General Motors are working to be responsible stewards of the environment.

To name just a few examples, General Motors is repurposing used wood pallets into wood beams for the homebuilding industry. Further, General Motors has transformed the grounds of their Grand Blanc, Michigan Customer Care and Aftersales Headquarters into a wildlife habitat, certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council. In constructing the habitat, they used recycled materials such as Chevrolet Volt battery covers, converted into duck nesting boxes.

Ford has aimed to reduce their footprint by extensively using recycled materials in their vehicle production. The seat fabric on the Ford Fusion is made from recycled water bottles, and post-consumer recycled nylon is used in vehicle components, such as engine fans, HVAC temperature valves, engine covers, cam covers and carbon canisters. Ford also uses soy oil in the production of the seat foam for all of the company’s North American vehicles.

FCA US has made extensive corporate efforts to encourage its dealer-network to put in place high environmental standards for their facilities. The company has established a new Dealer ECO (Environmentally Conscious Operations) Program, to recognize dealers that demonstrate eco-friendly practices. Among other implementations, some dealerships have installed extensive solar-panel systems and rainwater collection systems, to lower their overall environmental footprint.

The American Auto Industry is doing its part to innovate and reliably and dependably “go green.”

 

Jun 25 2014
My Fox Detroit

 FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- General Motors Co. says it's boosting solarpower at its plants.

The Detroit automaker said Tuesday that it's adding three acres of new solar arrays at two Michigan facilities: an engine plant in Flint and processing center in nearby Swartz Creek.

Jun 20 2014
Written by Rahim Kanani | Posted on Forbes

“As our vehicles are the source of our most significant environmental impact, it is vital that we focus on improving the environmental performance of each product,” explained John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters for Ford Motor Company. Today, Ford released its 15th annual Sustainability Report for 2013/2014, and in a wide-ranging interview with Viera, we discussed the evolution and impact of Ford’s environmental commitment, milestones of progress and innovation, leadership lessons, and much more.

Jun 19 2014
Written by Blake Z. Rong | Posted on Market Watch

A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years. And on the surface, Fusion Lite sounds like the name of a brand new soft drink. Fusion Lite, now with less calories! Try Fusion Lite today! It’s what plants crave!

But in fact the above car, painted up like a Tron taxicab, is the Ford Lightweight Concept. That sounds far more scientific. It is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi.

Jun 18 2014
GM News

Since its launch in late 2010, Chevrolet Volt owners have accumulated more than half a billion all-electric miles.

Additionally, based on a General Motors’ study of more than 300 Volts in service in California for more than 30 months, many owners are exceeding the EPA-rated label of 35 miles of EV range per full charge, with about 15 percent surpassing 40 miles of range.

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