Ford Shows Off a Plant-Based Plastic Interior in this Fusion Hybrid [Video]

Coca-Cola introduced its innovative PlantBottle technology back in 2009. Since then, more than 18 billion PlantBottle packages have reached the market in 28 countries, saving more than 400,000 barrels of oil. Recently, the company teamed up with Ford to introduce the PlantBottle type PET plastic to the auto industry, beginning with the Ford Fusion Energi concept car shown here. You can read more about the project below, in an article that originally appeared on Gas 2.
Coca-Cola introduced its innovative PlantBottle technology back in 2009. Since then, more than 18 billion PlantBottle packages have reached the market in 28 countries, saving more than 400,000 barrels of oil. Recently, the company teamed up with Ford to introduce the PlantBottle type PET plastic to the auto industry, beginning with the Ford Fusion Energi concept car shown here. You can read more about the project below, in an article that originally appeared on Gas 2. Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2013/11/19/coca-cola-plantbottle-shows-fords-new-fusion-energi/#UUsDuzAgVBDrmsys.99
FordFusion Energi concept car
Ford Fusion Energi concept car. Image courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

Ford has been stepping up their game in recent years, both in the realm of high-performance sexy-time street beasts and in green tech. This latest Ford concept is based on the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid I drove back in June, with the added twist of having a fully plant based plastic interior installed in place of the usual petroleum-based plastics.

The material is chemically identical to the plant based plastic used in Coca-Cola’s new Plant Bottles, and totally removes petroleum from the equation. In the case of this Fusion, Ford was able to replace the seats, backrests, headrests, door inserts, and a few of the dash finishes. Applying a similar process across Ford’s current production lines would be a follow-up to Ford’s long-running use of soy-based foam seat inserts, which already saves the company from using more than 2,000 tons of petroleum- which, presumably, is more than a few barrels of crude.

You can find out more about Coca-Cola’s innovative plant based plastics in this infographic… and get a close-up look at Ford’s concept Fusion Energi interior in the photo-gallery, below.

Plant Bottle infographic
Ford Fusion Energi concept car with a plant-based plastic interior. Image courtesy of Ford and Coca-Cola.
Plant based plastic interior
Ford Fusion Energi concept car. Plant based plastic interior. Images courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Image 1.
Plant based plastic interior
Ford Fusion Energi concept car. Plant based plastic interior. Images courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Image 2.
Plant based plastic interior
Ford Fusion Energi concept car. Plant based plastic interior. Images courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Image 3.
Ford Fusion Energi
Ford Fusion Energi concept car. Plant based plastic interior. Images courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Image 4.
Ford Fusion Hybrid
Ford Fusion Energi concept car. Plant based plastic interior. Images courtesy of Ford Motor Company. Image 5.
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