Sustainability 2011/12

Climate Change and the Environment

Overview of Our Plan

Our sustainable technologies and alternative fuels plan, mapped out in 2007, is our route to improving the fuel economy and cutting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of our products around the world. We have completed the near-term actions and are currently implementing the mid-term actions.

Stage completedindicates action completed


Begin migration to advanced technology


Full implementation of known technology


Continue leverage of hybrid technologies and deployment of alternative energy sources

Stage completedSignificant number of vehicles with EcoBoost engines

EcoBoost engines available in nearly all vehicles

Continue improving efficiency of internal combustion engines

Stage completedElectric power steering

Stage completedElectric power steering – high volume

Volume expansion of hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies

Stage completedDual clutch and 6 speed transmissions replace 4 & 5 speeds

Stage completedSix speed transmissions – high volume

Continued leverage of battery electric vehicles

Stage completedFlexible-fuel vehicles

Weight reduction of 250–750 lbs.

Continue to develop fuel cells; implementation timing aligned with fuel and infrastructure

Stage completedAdd hybrid applications

Engine displacement reduction facilitated by weight reductions

Continued weight reduction through use of advanced materials

Stage completedIncreased unibody applications

Additional areodynamics improvements

Advanced biofuels become viable at scale

Stage completedIntroduction of additional small vehicles

Increased application of stop/start

Clean electricity enables increased volumes of plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles

Stage completedBattery management systems

Increased use of hybrids


Stage completedAerodynamics improvements

Introduction of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles


Stage completedStop/start systems (micro hybrids)

Vehicle capability to fully leverage available renewable fuels; 2nd generation biofuels introduce at low volumes


Stage completedCNG/LPG prep engines available in select markets

Diesel use as market demands


CNG/LPG available in limited markets