Gallery: Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car...


Over the past few years, Ford has increased its use of eco-friendly recycled and bio-based materials in its vehicles, such as soy foam seat cushions, castor oil foam in instrument panels, wheat straw-filled plastic parts, recycled resins for underbody systems, and recycled yarns on seat covers. Now the company is investigating coconut fibers, also known as coir, as a potential replacement for petroleum to reinforce its molded plastic car parts. The new plastic could be used for door and seat trim, plastic storage bins, and cup holders, and reduce Ford’s carbon footprint as well as make its cars more recyclable.

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  1. coty parco October 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    bimmer has been using coconut coir fibers eons ago!

  2. Bambinooo October 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Sounds cool, but this post could have been vastly improved by actually showing an image of the coconut fiber plastic and not some generic Ford concept car.

  3. lazyreader October 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

    There are coconut palms and there are oil palms. Needing the vast array of coconut material to make these parts would require more palm trees which means palm plantations out in the tropics that will displace the rainforest…………just like when the eco-nuts were saying, palm oil is a renewable and cleaner fuel, that’ll solve our energy issues. Palm oil producers have been accused of various human-rights violations, from low pay and poor working conditions to theft of land and the ousting of critically endangered species like the orangutan and tigers that live in the areas suitable from palm production.

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