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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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Coming soon to a dealership near you.
By spamreader1 on 11/15/2013 11:19:10 AM , Rating: 2
Biodegradable automobiles ;)

RE: Coming soon to a dealership near you.
By Newspapercrane on 11/15/2013 1:50:59 PM , Rating: 4
Ford's had those for years now...

By Spuke on 11/15/2013 5:22:01 PM , Rating: 2

By Totally on 11/16/2013 1:11:39 AM , Rating: 2
As a Ford man, all I can say is touche.

By Kazinji on 11/16/2013 4:49:34 AM , Rating: 2
I want to say I saw something they were growing a piece in a mold out of mushrooms. Can't remember exactly what it was.

RE: Coming soon to a dealership near you.
By Jeffk464 on 11/17/2013 12:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
Steel and aluminium have always been biodegradable. Really what they need to do is use all recyclable materials for the interior and then do a good job recycling.

RE: Coming soon to a dealership near you.
By Jeffk464 on 11/17/2013 1:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
eh, not biodegradable, just degradable.

By maugrimtr on 11/18/2013 8:53:32 AM , Rating: 2
Not even all that degradable... Iron will rust, but steel can sit there for decades. Aluminum could can be dumped in a mercury infested landfill - the stuff might look impervious to corrosion (its "rust" is identical to sapphire, i.e. tough and impervious though very thin) but throw a little mercury at newly scratched or worn alumimum surfaces (to saturate the metal and let the oxidation of the metal accelerate unstopped) and it will practically turn to dust in hours.

Yes, mercury is banned on airplanes. It's not good to have airplanes breaking up mid-flight because someone broke a thermometer.

Recycled seats
By eBob on 11/15/2013 1:39:43 PM , Rating: 3
I think that this is ridiculous. If I am dropping that kind of cash on a new car, those seats better be made with high-quality, durable materials like leather.

RE: Recycled seats
By Samus on 11/15/2013 2:13:20 PM , Rating: 1
You can't get real leather in any car under $30,000. If you want a ford with nice leather you need to get a Lincoln. Same goes for Chevy (Cadillac) and Volkswagen (Audi) all of which use leatherette material or bonded leather instead of actual top-train leather.

Cars are technology now. Planned obsolescence prevents low end vehicles from being made with any sort of luxurious material.

RE: Recycled seats
By mrwassman on 11/15/2013 3:26:41 PM , Rating: 2
I hope you are being facetious. Leather might be more durable when a kid spills their cheerios on it but it is not much different in the long run and must be maintained.

That kind of cash? Times have changed man, it's not 1982 anymore.

RE: Recycled seats
By Jeffk464 on 11/17/2013 12:49:29 PM , Rating: 2
Leather looks great, but as far as comfort goes I actually prefer cloth seats.

By GTVic on 11/15/2013 3:40:59 PM , Rating: 2
Can they invent an automobile carpet that debris doesn't stick to like velcro?

By DukeN on 11/20/2013 4:44:49 PM , Rating: 2
This will entice exactly 1 more buyer each year (I'm being optimistic)..

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