Sustainability

Annual FCA sustainability report shows reduced footprint, billions in investment

Aerial exterior view of the 3.3 million square-foot Chrysler Group's Warren Truck Assembly Plant (Mich.). The facility has been making trucks since 1938 and currently produces the Ram 1500.

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

FCA has released its annual sustainability report revealing a significant reduction in environmental impact and billions of dollars in investments in the future. The goals of the company were designed to align with the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

In 2019, FCA reduced its water use by 40 percent, and carbon footprint by 27 percent, and waste generated by per vehicle.

Further, the company has made billions of dollars in investments in the global market. FCA has started an investment cycle of approximately $3.06 billion in Brazil to revitalize the Fiat and Jeep lineups with a new flex-fuel engine plant. When complete, the plant will be the largest powertrain hub for FCA in Latin America.

2021 Fiat 500The new all-electric Fiat 500 revealed but it might not come to the U.S.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

China is the home of the new Jeep Commander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the first electrified model in the Jeep family. The five-passenger vehicle is the first PHEV FCA has made for the Chinese market. It features a 13-kWh lithium-ion battery that allows for a maximum range of 70 kilometers on a full charge.

Italy, the historic home of the Fiat brand, is the recipient of approximately $5.44 billion in investment surrounding electrification. The Fiat 500 has be redesigned as an all-electric model for 2021.

Earlier this year, FCA committed to an electrified future for its Maserati brand starting with the next-gen Ghibli which was originally slated to debut later this year.

In the U.S., FCA has invested $4.5 billion to expand its facilities in Michigan and build a new state-of-the-art facility in Detroit that will open later this year and produce Jeep models. FCA has committed to adding 6,500 new jobs in Southeast Michigan.

FCA Jeep CES 2020New plug-in hybrid electric Jeeps are coming and will be badged with "4xe".Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

In December 2019 FCA and PSA Group agreed to a $47 billion merger, joining together a portfolio of 13 different brands. U.S. President Donald Trump has named FCA CEO Mike Manley to the country's Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups as an influential resource for the direction of the restart of the U.S. economy post-pandemic.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

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The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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Ford will split into two separate businesses by 2023

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is splitting up, though not in the negative way you might be thinking. Today, the automaker announced that it is creating separate and distinct businesses, one to house its electric vehicles and the other for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. Ford says the move will help it accelerate innovation and streamline its operations.

The newly created divisions get fancy names, too. Ford's EV business will be called Ford Model e, and will focus on delivery of "breakthrough electric vehicles at scale." The unit will also be heavily involved with software and connected vehicle technologies. Ford Blue will handle ICE vehicles, and will focus on cost reductions, quality improvements, and operational efficiencies. The two new businesses join Ford Pro, the automaker's commercial vehicle division, and Ford says all three should have separate finances by 2023.

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The moves come in the middle of Ford's shift to electric vehicles. The automaker says it plans to produce two million EVs annually by 2026, and notes that it wants EVs to represent half of its global volume by 2030. Ford's current electric offerings include the Mustang Mach-E, which has earned good reviews and offers strong range and performance. There's also the E-Transit, a commercial van available in several configurations.

Ford is gearing up for the release of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. The hotly anticipated pickup promises incredible capability and a load of advanced tech. Ford has taken tens of thousands of reservations for the new truck, so it's likely to be in high demand for quite some time.

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