Current, a Boston-based startup from GE, has worked with more than 50 of Auburn Hills’ FCA facilities and dealerships across the country to drive down lighting energy costs by more than 50 percent. The company blends LED technology, network sensors, and software to improve energy efficiency.
Of FCA’s facilities, 18 U.S. manufacturing sites and 33 dealerships have seen updates. The automaker’s 5-million-square-foot Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, one of the largest automotive plants in the country, also was outfitted with GE anti-glare lenses and extended power supply solutions to address its size and scope.
FCA’s update includes wireless control capabilities and allows for real-time energy consumption data and flexibility.
“The commitment FCA U.S. has made to sustainability at its manufacturing sites, dealerships, and throughout its supply chain is absolutely industry leading,” says Rudy Calderon, general manager of industrial for Current. “Looking to the future, this LED infrastructure can serve as a digital foundation for task tuning, enhanced employee safety, and business productivity.”
At the dealerships, LED lighting also improves security and showroom display.
Frost and Sullivan reported LED adoption rates in industrial spaces are expected to increase from 3 percent in 2014 to 76 percent in 2020. The automotive industry has invested $4 billion-$5 billion on smart infrastructure in the past five years.