Electric is eco-friendly
The environmentally friendly reach of the
Ford Focus Electric goes beyond its zero-emissions motor. Focus
Electric combines recycled and renewable materials, green technologies
and innovative manufacturing processes to make the car green
from bumper to bumper.
The Focus Electric is not only green in areas where customers
expect it to be, but also in places they might not, like in the
seat cushions. Soy-based foams, which are used on more than 20
Ford vehicles, will be used in Focus Electric, with seat cushions
shaped from eight percent soy-based content. A material called
Lignotock also is used behind the cloth on the door. Derived
from 85 percent wood fibers, this lighter application results
in a weight reduction and provides better sound-deadening benefits
compared to conventional glass-reinforced thermal plastics.
“One of the more impactful things we are doing is finding a way
to increase the use of recycled materials in resins. We have
a strategy that specifies the use of a large quantity of post-consumer
recycled material in a range of plastic applications,” said Carrie
Majeske, product sustainability manager, Ford Motor Company.
“Pop bottles and milk jugs eventually become part of components
like underbody shields, wheel arch liners and air cleaner assemblies.”