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Ford Pushes Sustainability Leadership for Next Era of Driving
Ford Pushes Sustainability Leadership for Next Era of Driving

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - William C. Ford II’s best decision as chairman of Ford Motor Co. was to bring in Alan Mulally as CEO in 2007 and watch the former Boeing manufacturing chief transform Ford from an also-ran into a global industry leader before he left last year. But Ford Jr.’s “green” decision-making has been nearly as good. As CEO before Mulally’s tenure, and chairman before and until today, Ford has kept his company a leader in sustainability thinking and practice. He pushed Ford to produce some of the industry’s first hybrid-electric vehicles, for instance, and authorized a “living roof” on top of Ford’s original River Rouge Assembly complex in its hometown of Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford Continues Development of Smart Mobility Plan with Research Partnerships, Enhancements
Ford Continues Development of Smart Mobility Plan with Research Partnerships, Enhancements

CLEANTECH - Earlier this week, Ford’s vision for the future of personal mobility was on display at CES Asia in Shanghai.

2016 Ford F-150 Comes with CNG/Propane Conversion Option, Reducing CO2 Emissions by 20%
2016 Ford F-150 Comes with CNG/Propane Conversion Option, Reducing CO2 Emissions by 20%

CLEANTECH - Last week, Ford announced that its 2016 F-150 truck will have an available gaseous-fuel prep package that enables 5.0-liter, V8-powered models to run on clean, low-cost compressed natural gas (CNG) or propane, making Ford the only manufacturer of a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup.Next year’s F-150 will be available for order this summer. Along with the factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package, the new model includes upgraded intake and exhaust valves and valve seats to ensure the engine performs to customers’ expectations.

Volvo Bests Carbon Reduction Goal by 10M Tons
Volvo Bests Carbon Reduction Goal by 10M Tons

NEW METRICS - Volvo last year reduced the total lifetime carbon dioxide emissions of its products by 40 million tons against a 2008 baseline, besting its goal by 10 million tons, according to the company’s 2014 sustainability report.The automaker also surpassed its target to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12 percent), compared to 2008, instead achieving a 20 percent reduction (0.4 million ton) by the end of last year.Other 2014 highlights from Volvo’s report include:

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Ford Brings REPREVE to the 2015 F-150
Ford Brings REPREVE to the 2015 F-150

PRESS RELEASE - What if we could redirect plastics from landfill and use them to create innovative materials, and then put them in the all-new Ford F-150, part of Ford F-Series, America’s best-selling truck?​ We could make a big difference.

Carbon Fiber Vehicles Could Complicate Circular Economy
Carbon Fiber Vehicles Could Complicate Circular Economy

WASTE NOT - The British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA) is calling on car manufacturers to ensure that using lightweight materials to achieve greenhouse gas reductions doesn't impede circular manufacturing processes, edie reports.

Chevy Bolt Could Be Affordable, Long-Range EV Option Drivers Have Been Waiting For
Chevy Bolt Could Be Affordable, Long-Range EV Option Drivers Have Been Waiting For

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Concept cars are always great fodder for gawking at automobile shows, and in turn they do a fine job of generating buzz and stellar photographs. But at this week's North American International Automobile Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, one concept car suggested a game-changer: Sustainability and affordability can work together and finally offer consumers a compelling gasoline-free driving option.

Ford Highlighting Smart Mobility, 25 Experiments Aimed at Changing the Way the World Moves at CES 2015
Ford Highlighting Smart Mobility, 25 Experiments Aimed at Changing the Way the World Moves at CES 2015

CLEANTECH - This week at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford is showcasing its latest innovations — aimed not only at advancing its vehicles, but at helping to change the way the world moves.With the Ford Smart Mobility plan, the automaker is focusing on leading-edge work in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data. Ford also announced 25 mobility experiments it’s conducting around the world this year, testing breakthrough transportation ideas to create better customer experiences, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration that can reward customers.

Toyota Opens Up 5,680 Patents to Spur Hydrogen Fuel Cell Innovation
Toyota Opens Up 5,680 Patents to Spur Hydrogen Fuel Cell Innovation

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Toyota has announced it will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 hydrogen fuel cell related patents held globally, including critical technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai.The list includes around 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply.

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Testing Tires Made with Guayule
Cooper Tire & Rubber Testing Tires Made with Guayule

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - Cooper Tire & Rubber Company — the Ohio-based parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of passenger car and light truck tires — has completed tire builds using rubber derived from guayule plants and new guayule-related materials. The company says the tires are being evaluated by Cooper’s technical team using rigorous wheel, road and track tests, which are ongoing, but to date suggest tire performance that is at least equal to tires made of components derived from traditional rubber, derived from the Hevea rubber plant.

Chevy's New Bi-Fuel Impala Can Be Powered by Everything from Sewage and Food Scraps to Beer
Chevy's New Bi-Fuel Impala Can Be Powered by Everything from Sewage and Food Scraps to Beer

WASTE NOT - As more and more organizations are finding ways to create fuel from waste — case in point: Italy is about to become the first country to require cars and trucks to run on biofuel made from agricultural waste — Chevrolet says its 2015 Bi-fuel Impala will be able to run on leftovers, table scraps and, oh, yeah, grains from brewing beer (welcome to the present, Back to the Future fans!).

Ford Achieves Zero Waste in Canada
Ford Achieves Zero Waste in Canada

WASTE NOT - Ford’s Oakville Assembly plant now sends no operational waste-to-landfill, an achievement that gives Ford Motor Company the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.Oakville Assembly is the first Ford assembly plant in North America to achieve this environmental designation.The Essex Engine Plant received landfill-free status in 2012 and Windsor Engine Plant in 2013. A total of 21 Ford facilities around the globe maintain zero waste-to-landfill status. By Ford’s definition, this means that those facilities do not send any operational waste to a landfill.

Bentley Becomes First Automaker to Achieve Triple Carbon Trust Standard
Bentley Becomes First Automaker to Achieve Triple Carbon Trust Standard

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - British luxury carmaker Bentley Motors announced this week it has become the first automotive manufacturer to earn the triple Carbon Trust Standard, having separately secured group’s Standards for Carbon, Water and Waste through significant reductions in these three key areas at its Crewe, Cheshire headquarters.Bentley joins Marks & Spencer, PwC, AkzoNobel Decorative Paints and Ireland’s ABP Food Group as one of only 11 companies to date to achieve the triple standard from the Carbon Trust, one of the world’s leading independent authorities on delivering carbon reduction and achieving greater resource efficiency.

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept Provides Sunny Glimpse of Future for Clean Vehicles
Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept Provides Sunny Glimpse of Future for Clean Vehicles

COLLABORATION - Ford Motor Company announced today the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept, a first-of-its-kind sun-powered vehicle with the potential to deliver the best features of a plug-in hybrid without relying on the electric grid for fuel. The concept car will be exhibited at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas next week.Instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept harnesses the power of the sun by using a special concentrator that acts as a magnifying glass, directing rays to solar panels on the vehicle roof.

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GM Hires First Female CEO in Automotive Industry
GM Hires First Female CEO in Automotive Industry

LEADERSHIP - General Motors last week announced that Mary Barra will replace Dan Akerson as CEO on January 15, 2014 — making her the first woman to lead a major automaker. Barra currently serves an executive vice president in the company’s global product development unit.With more than 30 years' experience at GM, Barra rose through a series of manufacturing, engineering and senior staff positions, the company says. Notably, Barra helped to facilitate GM’s turnaround after its 2009 bankruptcy and reorganization.“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra in a GM news release. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”

Driving Innovation: Coke and Ford Unveil Fusion Energi with Interiors Made from PlantBottle Technology™
Driving Innovation: Coke and Ford Unveil Fusion Energi with Interiors Made from PlantBottle Technology™

COLLABORATION - The Coca-Cola Company and Ford Motor Company have teamed up to fuel more sustainable design by collaborating on a first-ever interior fabric made from the same renewable material used to produce Coke’s PlantBottle packaging.

Don't Just Sell Green, Sell Great
Don't Just Sell Green, Sell Great

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - Heading into this year’s Sustainable Brands conference, I was looking forward to driving BMW’s electric prototype that was on display. In hindsight, however, the technical highlight of the show for me was the Tesla Model S. You know, the ones that people were actually driving, with coffee cups in the console and crumbs in the backseat.

NASCAR Green Recognizes Achievements of Seven Motorsports Facilities
NASCAR Green Recognizes Achievements of Seven Motorsports Facilities

MARKETING AND COMMS - Seven motorsports facilities operated by the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) received the NASCAR Green track operator award during the recent 2013 NASCAR Green Summit.The award recognizes motorsports facilities for ongoing contributions to developing effective and sustainable green policies and practices. Now in its fifth consecutive year, the 2013 NASCAR Green Summit examined the substantive initiatives that have helped NASCAR make notable strides toward reducing the impacts of its sporting events nationwide.These facilities were recognized for their individual efforts:Auto Club Speedway of Southern California

GM Donation Insulates 400 More Coats for the Homeless
GM Donation Insulates 400 More Coats for the Homeless

WASTE NOT - General Motors has made an additional donation of scrap sound-absorption material from its Chevy Malibu and Buick Verano models to a Detroit nonprofit for use as insulation in waterproof, self-heating coats that become sleeping bags for the homeless.

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If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself: Ford and Toyota End Hybrid Partnership
If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself: Ford and Toyota End Hybrid Partnership

COLLABORATION - Ford and Toyota announced this week they are going their separate ways after teaming up in 2011 to develop a hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain system for light-duty trucks. After completing a feasibility study of their collaboration, the companies have decided to proceed on development of individual hybrid systems, according to Toyota.

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