07 Oct '11, 8pm

Green Fleet Briefing: Ford’s Coconut Cars, Escape Hybrid Dropped, Volkswagen Wind

Ford and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company are researching the use of coconut fiber reinforcement for molded plastic vehicle parts such as storage bins, door and seat trim, or center console substrates. They say this will reduce the use of petroleum and make the parts lighter. The long fibers are also visible in the plastic and offer a “natural” look, the companies say. The coconut husks are a waste stream from Scotts’ soil and grass seed products. Just last week, Ford and BASF said they have developed a plant-sourced, castor oil-based foam product for the 2012 Ford Focus instrument panel, which the companies say will save more than 5,000 barrels of oil for every 300,000 models produced in North America. Over the past few years Ford has introduced a number of unusual materials into its vehicles, including carpet , blue jeans and soy (for gaskets and seals , and for seat cushi...

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