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GM Outlines Strategy to Slash Fuel Consumption

“All things are possible,” says CEO Akerson.

by on Mar.06, 2013

GM CEO Dan Akerson outlines the maker's energy efficiency plans.

It may seem like an odd choice to pitch fuel efficiency and energy independence in Texas, but General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson took that message to the Lone Star State today, telling participants in an energy conference that America is on the right track as it curbs consumption and develops domestic resources while curbing fuel imports.

The former Naval Academy graduate also used his speech to a conference hosted by global consulting firm IHS to outline GM’s plans for sharply improving the fuel economy of its products over the coming years.

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Quoting widely read Texas author Larry L. King, GM’s chief executive said the state one was the roll model for America as a was a place where “all things are possible.” The payoff of cutting energy consumption – and especially the U.S. dependence upon foreign oil, Akerson emphasized, “suggests to me that ‘all things may be possible’ once again – if we play our cards right.”

But the executive also stressed that the nation needs to move away from a reactive approach to its energy policy, “lurching from crisis to crisis,” and form a more effective, well-thought-out, proactive approach.


Saving Energy Helps GM Return Small Car Production to the U.S.

Maker turns to landfill gas to bring down costs at minicar plant.

by on May.20, 2011

GM is counting on reducing factory energy costs - as well as a new 2-tier wage structure - to justify producing the new Chevy Sonic in suburban Detroit, rather than Korea.

Turning to an alternate source for power has helped General Motors reduce production costs enough at a plant in the Detroit suburbs enough to help GM justify bringing small car production back from South Korea.

The newly retooled plant in Orion, Township, Michigan, will begin producing the pint-sized 2012 Chevrolet Sonic this coming autumn, as well as the Buick Verano subcompact.  About 40% of the energy the factory will use will come from burning natural gas piped over from a nearby landfill.

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“Orion is a great example of the latest technologies employed by GM manufacturing around the globe,” said Eric Stevens, GM vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering.  “As we converted the facility to support the small car program, we took every opportunity to engineer in flexibility and lean manufacturing concepts,” he said.