Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which just today hosted its annual shareholders’ meeting in Amsterdam, has released a new sustainability report for the 2017 model year. The 2017 FCA Sustainability Report details the myriad ways that the automaker has been able to transform its stamping and assembly plants in order to lessen its environmental impact, the result being 58% less waste generated per vehicle produced in 2017, as compared to 2010. Water consumption and CO2 emissions resulting from production were down markedly, as well, dropping 33 and 37 percent, respectively, versus 2010.
Last year, Fiat Chrysler boasted that it had cut CO2 emissions from its plants by 25 percent in 2016 compared to 2010, and reduced waste generation by 22 percent, meaning that significant gains have been made in just the past year. The automaker fields suggestions from employees on potential improvements to products and processes, giving the company plenty of ideas on how to be better; last year, FCA collected more than 2.8 million suggestions.
Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles might not be the first automaker you think of when you hear the word “electrification”, especially given some of CEO Sergio Marchionne’s past comments on the technology, but the company is nevertheless proud of its introduction of “eTorque Assist” mild-hybrid tech on the all-new Jeep Wrangler. The Belted Alternator Starter system also appears on the all-new, 2019 Ram 1500 pickup, and reports indicate that it could proliferate across much of the Fiat Chrysler lineup.
Fiat Chrysler, in its 2017 sustainability report, also touted its “strengthened” collaboration with Google’s self-driving car outfit Waymo. Over the past few years, FCA has supplied thousands of its Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans to Waymo so that they could be outfitted with autonomous hardware and software, and help Waymo launch the world’s first autonomous ride-hailing service in Arizona. It’s thought that self-driving vehicle technology could be a major component of reducing traffic congestion, emissions, and other inefficiencies in transportation.