The Ford Motor Co. has teamed with Coca-Cola to build a Ford Fusion Engeri model with Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology. Basically, this car’s seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints and door panel and headliners are made entirely from renewable materials.
This Ford Fusion Engeri research vehicle is the first to use PET plastics in the fabric of a vehicle. PET is a durable, lightweight plastic also known as polyethylene terephthalate. It’s used by both Ford and Coke in a variety of products including plastic bottles, fabrics and carpets. According to Coca-Cola and Ford, PlantBottle Technology is a plastic bottle made from plants, and more than 400,000 barrels of oil have been saved thanks to this technology.
Ford says if PlantBottle fabrics were used in the majority of Ford models, it would save 295,000 gallons of gasoline and 6,000 barrels of oils.
“By using PlantBottle Technology in a plug-in hybrid, Ford and Coca-Cola are showing the broad potential to leverage renewable materials that help replace petroleum and other fossil fuels, reducing the overall environmental impact of future vehicles,” said John Viera, global director of sustainability and vehicle environmental matters at Ford.
The PlantBottle-Fusion Engeri initiative is also encouraged by the World Wildlife Fund. Fusion Energi is Ford’s most fuel-efficient sedan. It boasts an EPA-rated total range of up to 620 miles and can drive up to 21 miles in electric-only mode – which could help save customers an estimated $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an average new car over the course of five years. It offers the latest generation of SmartGauge with EcoGuide, designed to monitor and influence driving behavior to improve vehicle efficiency and help drivers get the most from their car.
The 2014 Ford Fusion has a number of green living technologies already in place across the model lineup. The Fusion cloth-seat fabric is made from the equivalent to 38.9 clear-plastic bottles. More than 31,000 soybeans are used in the foam of a Fusion seat cushions. Since introducing this technology in 2007, Ford has reduced petroleum production by more than 5 million pounds and carbon dioxide emissions by 20 million pounds annually.
The Ford Fusion Engeri with PlantBottle Technology will be displayed at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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