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FCA Group sets out billions in investment for sustainability and mobility projects

FCA Group has set out its plans for billions in investment for sustainability and mobility in different markets across the globe.

The 2019 Sustainability Report provides details on its most relevant social, economic and environmental achievements and long-term targets.

FCA said the company further reduced its environmental footprint on a per-vehicle-produced basis by nearly 40% reduction in water use, a 27% reduction in carbon footprint and a 64% reduction in waste generated. 

Some of its biggest projects include a new investment cycle of R$16 billion (approx. €3.4 billion) for a renewed product line-up for the Fiat and Jeep brands and to build a new flex-fuel engine plant, which will become the largest powertrain hub in Latin America.

The OEM has also launched its Jeep Commander PHEV in China, its first electrified vehicle for the Jeep global family.

There is also a €5bn plan, centered around electrification, with new products and a new Battery Hub located in Turin, that will assemble batteries for new electric models.

In the United States, FCA invested $4.5 billion to expand the capacity of facilities in Michigan and build a new plant in Detroit that will open later this year producing electrified Jeep models.

FCA is pursuing a multi-partner strategy for developing advanced driver assistance and autonomous driving technologies, working with leaders in their respective industries.

Its ongoing partnerships include Waymo (formerly the Google self-driving car project), to integrate its self-driving technology into the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid.

Additionally, it is continuing to work with Aptiv to develop an SAE Level 2+ (hands off - eyes on) automated driving system for its next generation vehicles and is planned to launch in 2021.

FCA is also continuing the development of an SAE Level 3 (hands off - eyes off) capable automated driving platform in cooperation with BMW in Munich.

 In 2019, FCA signed new partnerships with global leaders in the energy sector, Enel X and ENGIE.

The partners will work with FCA across all major markets in Europe with the primary objective to offer private and public charging solutions and services. This initiative also includes research and testing of new technologies to reduce the total cost of ownership of electrified vehicles.

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