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.