Ford recently announced that its global facilities have cut their CO2 emissions by 37 percent per vehicle from 2000 to 2007 and they are expecting to cut another 30 percent from 2010 to 2025.
The automaker accredits the reduction to its strong line of vehicles, which includes six electrified vehicles: The Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids; and Focus Electric.
"In the more than 30 years I have been with the company, I have seen genuine transformation as Ford has integrated sustainability into its business plan, products, operations and relationships with stakeholders," said Robert Brown, vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. "Water and energy use, waste-to-landfill, Ford's role in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases like CO2 in our atmosphere – these are just a few of the top sustainability-related priorities considered in every decision."
As government regulations to increase the fuel efficiency of new vehicles will go into affect in 2025, automakers have been striving to meet these changes, and it appears Ford is on the right track.
Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said along with the company's aim to deliver great products and strong business, it wants to create a better world, and sustainability is one issue that is embedded into Ford's business plan.
TrueMPG near a record low in May
TrueCar recently released its TrueMPG for May, highlighting the fuel economy of vehicles sold during the month.
The TrueMPG for light vehicles sold in May was 23.7 mpg, up 0.6 mpg from May 2012 and near a record low. The report noted that Nissan and Chrysler saw the largest year-over-year gains, improving fuel efficiency by more than 1.2 mpg.
"Chrysler and Nissan are both benefiting from the success of their more fuel-efficient models such as the Dart, Rogue and Sentra," said Jesse Toprak, senior analyst for TrueCar. "Even though the market share for large trucks has been increasing in recent months, the higher fuel efficiency of the new pickups is offsetting what would have been a decrease in overall MPG figures."
The May 2013 Electric Drive Sales Dashboard from the Electric Drive Transportation Association indicated that there were a record 48,796 hybrids sold in May, showing that American consumers are coming around to more fuel-efficient vehicles.