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Ford, Goodyear, FTS Technologies Win Sustainability Innovation Awards

Ford, Goodyear and FTS Technologies received awards from the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment on Tuesday at the organization’s second annual Sustainable Innovation Awards ceremony in Rochester, Michigan. The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment is a partnership between automakers, their suppliers and the EPA. The awards program recognizes Supplier Partnership … Read more »

BMW Unveils Fast, Light EV Charger

BMW of North America has announced the launch of the BMW i DC Fast Charger, which is compatible with multiple electric vehicles and can specifically charge the BMW i3 all-electric’s vehicle battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. The charger was a joint development between BMW and Bosch Automotive … Read more »

‘Greenest Automaker’ Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda

‘Greenest Automaker’ Hyundai-Kia Unseats Honda

Hyundai-Kia wins the title of “greenest automaker,” unseating Honda, which came in second, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists’ (UCS) latest Automaker Rankings report. Toyota, Nissan, and Volkswagen tied for third place. UCS says all eight of the best-selling automakers showed improvements in the 2014 rankings, which measure the … Read more »

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Ford, BMW, 10 Others Agree Supplier Environmental Guidelines

BMW, Ford, GM, Honda and 10 other leading automakers have agreed a set of expectations for suppliers, relating to the environment, working conditions, human rights and business ethics. The carmakers agreeing to the “Automotive Industry Guiding Principles to Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain” also include Chrysler, Daimler, Fiat S.p.A., Jaguar/Land Rover, … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Chrysler’s ISO 50001, GM’s LEED, Prop. 65

Chrysler Group’s Brampton Assembly Plant has achieved the ISO 50001 energy management standard with certification by TÜV, Plant reports. Investments in automated heating and ventilation management are projected to save about $2 million a year in electricity and natural gas costs, and lighting control projects are projected to save $110,000 a year. … Read more »

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DOE Awards $45m to Ford, GM, GE, 35 Others

Ford, General Motors, General Electric and the Ohio State University are among the 38 companies, universities and national labs to receive more than $45 million in Energy Department funding for projects that accelerate the research and development of vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs and protect the … Read more »

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EU Chooses Sides in DC Fast-Charge Standards Fight

The SAE Combo DC fast charging station has won another ally in the war over DC fast-charge standards: the European Parliament. On one side of the battle is European and US automakers, including Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen, which last year agreed to use the … Read more »

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France Bans Mercedes Over GHG Concerns

France has banned the latest models of Mercedes because they use an air conditioning refrigerant that the European Union says emits potent greenhouse gases. A Mercedes spokeman told Agence France-Presse that only new vehicles are subject to the ban. Since Jan. 1, the EU has required carmakers use R1234yf, a … Read more »

Honeywell’s Low-Global-Warming Refrigerant ‘Safe for Use in Cars’

Honeywell says a study — and automakers including General Motors, Ford and Toyota — concluded that its low-global-warming-potential air conditioning system is safe for use in cars. The study by automotive engineering association SAE International examined the mobile air conditioning HFO refrigerant R-1234yf, or HFO-1234yf. SAE initiated the evaluation in … Read more »

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BMW, GM Test Fast Charge Stations

BMW and General Motors engineers say they have passed a milestone in adopting the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) standard for DC fast charge stations, charging pre-production versions of the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark EV using stations developed by various suppliers. GM and BMW say this industry-coordinated early … Read more »

Contract Wins: GE, Fuel Tech, Ametek, Leyden, Concurrent Technologies

Sunshine Oilsands has selected GE’s produced water evaporation technology for its steam-assisted gravity drainage West Ells project in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The West Ells site will eventually produce more than 100,000 barrels per day of bitumen. Under the contracts for the first two phases of the project, GE will … Read more »

Sustainability Report: Fiat Cuts Water Use 16%

Sustainability Report: Fiat Cuts Water Use 16%

Fiat, the majority shareholder in US carmaker Chrysler, cut mass-market brand plants’ water consumption per vehicle last year by 15.6 percent versus 2011 levels, and by 31.2 percent versus 2010, according to its 2012 sustainability report. The carmaker improved water efficiency from 5.03 cubic meters per vehicle in 2010, to … Read more »