Ford Motor Company already incorporates recycled cotton, soybeans, recycled carpet, recycled tires, recycled plastic soda pop and water bottles, and recycled post-industrial plastics in the production of F-Series trucks, but the latest sustainable material being utilized is a plastic that is reinforced with rice hulls, a byproduct of rice grain. The new material will be used to reinforce plastic in an electrical harness on the 2014 F-150.
While Ford has made it clear that they are doing all they can to make vehicles more eco-friendly, the automaker does not sacrifice toughness or durability. The process of adopting a new sustainable material is a long one. After a new material that can feasibly be used in one of the vehicles is discovered, it must undergo extensive testing to make sure that it performs as well if not better than similar and current materials. The new rice hull-reinforced plastic is the perfect example. Developed by Ford and RheTech, the plastic was tested on everything from smell, appearance, functionality, and flammability for over a year before it was approved.
We all know that fuel economy is a top priority for Ford as well as other automakers. But Ford doesn't only want to help you reduce trips pump. Ford is also working to reduce their environmental impact which is why it is also important to recognize the impact that is made by producing vehicles with sustainable materials. Over the years, Ford has begun to utilize array of eco-friendly materials in a few of its vehicles, but to demonstrate how the effect can really add up take a look at the F-Series. With more than 650,000 sales per year, the F-Series alone uses about 10 million pounds of recycled cotton annually! And it doesn't end there. The 2014 Ford F-150 incorporates sustainable materials including a minimum of 45,000 pounds of rice hulls for the new reinforced plastic which will be sourced from Arkansas!
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