Ford Reinforcing Plastic Components with Coconut Fiber

October 11, 2011 / No Comments

Automaker Ford and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company are researching how coir (coconut fiber) can be used as reinforcement for the automaker's molded plastic components. Coir currently makes up a waste stream from Scotts' soil and seed division. Once the "waste" arrives at Ford, engineers combine it with various plastics to make coir-reinforced parts. Ford says that coir-based parts are light and ...

Ford E-Bike Concept Unveiled at Frankfurt

September 20, 2011 / 1 Comment

The news from the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show venue is always interesting, right? This time we have spotted a new e-bicycle from the Ford arena. The e-bike concept will be a useful and apt means of urban transportation. And, importantly, the concept is also a way to reduce depletion of fossil fuels, pollution and save the earth. The mechanics of the ...

Ford Realizes Flower Power; Dandelion Turns Plastic Modifier

May 11, 2011 / No Comments

Possibly, you might be looking for some weed killers at the moment you see dandelions. However, Ford will be thinking of fertilizers. Wonder how? Ford has realized that the rubber like substance secreted by the plant could be used in the cars as a plastic modifier to improve the strength of plastic in the doors, cup holders, floor mats and ...

Obama’s EV Dream May Remain Unfulfilled

February 4, 2011 / No Comments

In his State of the Union address last month, US president Obama said he is aiming to get 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. This goal may never be achieved because automakers are quite uncertain about consumer demand.

Ford Green Plans Gain Momentum

January 26, 2011 / No Comments

The Ford Focus Electric is getting a makeover to make it even ‘greener’. The car will now be built of recyclable and renewable materials. Ford’s product sustainability manager Carrie Majeske has been quoted as saying that an EV is also called a green vehicle, and so Ford has gone ahead by stuffing out the materials used in Focus Electric with ...

Ford Vertrek Concept Shown at Detroit Auto Show; Soft on the Environment

January 11, 2011 / No Comments

Ford has unveiled its new Vertrek concept at the Detroit Auto Show. The new Ford Vertrek concept builds on the Escape and Euro-market Kuga to preview Ford's next-gen global offering. It appears to be a sporty and sleek replacement for the Escape and Kuga with much fuel efficiency.

Ford Fiesta Tops PM’s ‘Fuel Efficiency’ List

November 4, 2010 / No Comments

Popular Mechanics has announced their list of winners for 2011, and the winner in the ‘fuel efficiency’ category is the Ford Fiesta. Although there were other worthy contestants in the running, PM says that the fact that the Fiesta is an inexpensive high quality fuel-efficient car swayed them in its favor.

PETA to Use EV Charging Stations For Displaying Vegan Ads

October 26, 2010 / No Comments

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has confirmed its plan to use the first public charging stations to be set up in the city of Boston to install the organization’s advertisements promoting meat-free vegan lifestyle.

Daimler & Toyota Negotiating New Deal on Hybrid Tech

September 23, 2010 / No Comments

Daimler and Toyota are engaged in negotiating a new deal, so that Daimler may earn the license of Toyota’s Hybrid technology. So far, Daimler has been developing its own hybrid drivetrain technology. Mercedes S400 Hybrid is one such vehicle developed by Daimler. It was the first mass produced hybrid vehicle which possessed a lithium ion battery pack.

Sanyo Unveils New Factory for Lithium-Ion Batteries for Eco-Friendly Vehicles

August 3, 2010 / No Comments

Sanyo Electric Co has announced the completion of its new factory for the lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries for eco-friendly vehicles in its Kasai Plant in Japan. The effort goes in line with the trend toward conservation of the environment. The Sanyo move is seen as boosting the development of rechargeable batteries for eco-friendly vehicles.