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Soft drink bottle technology used inside Ford plug-in hybrid vehicle

Coca-Cola and automotive manufacturer Ford have announced that they have teamed up to take Coca-Cola PlantBottle technology and use it in the interior of Ford's Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid vehicle. The interior materials are made from the same renewable material Coca-Cola uses for bottling its soft drinks.
 
Coca-Cola's PlantBottle Technology launched in 2009 and was the first recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants.

 
Ford is using the PlantBottle technology for seat fabric, seat cushions, seatbacks, head restraints, door panel inserts, and the headliner. The PlantBottle technology uses 30% plant-based material.
 
The plan to use the Coca-Cola technology in an automobile came about last year when Ford and Coca-Cola research teams worked together to explore innovation for sustainable products. Both the companies were using PET, which is a durable and lightweight plastic used in a variety of products including plastic bottles, fabric, and carpet.

 
The Fusion Energi highlighting the use of the new material will be on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

Sources: Coca-Cola [PDF], Coca-Cola





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