Fiat Chrysler and GE partnership reduces energy costs by 50%


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has embarked on an energy efficiency project across 50 of its facilities in North America resulting in a 50% reduction in energy costs.

In partnerships with Current, a subsidiary of GE, Fiat Chrysler Automobile has installed 20,000  energy-efficient LED  luminaires at 18 manufacturing sites.

An additional 5,000 indoor and outdoor LED luminaires have been installed at 33 dealerships.

For instance, the automakers’ 5 million square foot Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Michigan, one of the largest automotive plants in the US, the anti-glare lenses have been integrated with power supply solutions to enable rela-time management and operation of the lights.

The project is part of between $4 billion and $5 billion investments made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on smart infrastructure over the last five years.

The aim is to reduce operating costs with energy savings and to improve the showroom display environment and the outdoor lighting to enhance lot security and better vehicles displays  at night.

Rudy Calderon, Current by GE general manager of Industrial, said: “The commitment FCA US has made to sustainability at its manufacturing sites, dealerships and throughout its supply chain is absolutely industry leading.

“Looking to the future, this LED infrastructure can serve as a digital foundation for task tuning, enhanced employee safety and business productivity.”

The news follows Frost & Sullivan releasing a report in which the research firm predicts LED adoption in industrial spaces will increase from 3% in 2014 to 76% in 2020.