By Ami Cholia
Posting in Energy
Ford is working in collaboration with Ohio State University to use Taraxacum kok-saghyz -- more commonly known as Russian dandelion --to make its car components.
With gasoline rising to over $4 a gallon, car manufacturers are increasingly looking at renewable sources of energy to produce and power their vehicles. While plant material has been used as a resource for years, Ford is now looking at dandelions to manufacture its car components (that are currently made from petroleum- based plastic).
The project, which is developed in collaboration with Ohio State University, will use Taraxacum kok-saghyz -- more commonly known as Russian dandelion -- to produce a milky-white substance that can be used as a sustainable resource for rubber or a plastics modifier. If the materials produced meet quality standards, Ford will use them for floor mats, cupholders and interior trim pieces.
Ford has long used alternative materials for its car components– including soy for some car parts in the 1920s to recycled cotton from blue jeans as sound-dampening material and the company is also currently investigating making rubber from guayule, a shrub common to the Southwest.
For all of Ford’s efforts though, the E.P.A., has ranked Ford at the bottom end of all major automakers in terms of its overall vehicle fuel economy and CO2 emissions for 2008-10 model-year vehicles. Clearly, Ford has work to do on overall emissions – but at least this is a step in the right direction.
Via NY Times
May 11, 2011
haha! That is funny how ford looks ahead for parts but makes me wonder why would sucha huge company do something like that. http://www.national.co.uk/branch-696-Kendal.aspx
The crown Vic is a solid car. I used to be a Taxi Driver. Had a pre-owned sheriff's crown-Vic. It can handle abuse. And why how would putting a big V-8 help. If you drive a crown Vic, it's modified for police driving or you have a saleen with a 5.0 V-8. And the crown Vic got pretty good mileage. The F-150 is their Flagship Vehicle. Have you seen the new one. It is awesome. With Ford's acquisition of Land Rover, They have more style. The re-introduction of Deming's Management Techniques, they are able to bring quality back. And, the Bankruptcy of GM that they lost major customer loyalty has brought more customers to Ford. But the Herpes of Ford's fleet. Ford Ranger (embodies the belief that the square goes in the circle) and Ford Mustang -- It's makeover to compete with the Japanese during the 70's completely destroyed any credibility as a muscle car. It has become the middle class, white, 16 y/o girl's car.(excludes Saleen and GTO) 1970-present. These are complete garbage. And Ford only has one engine. The F-150 V-8. All other vehicles have modified versions the best mods come go into the Crown Vic and The Ford Explorer. The worst...absolute failure of human engineering that should be euthanized again is the Ranger. But, George Bush used it to make it seem like he cared about alternative fuels. Yet, no Gas station had an ethanol pump because no one would produce it. It costs more to produce than the energy it produces. And it destroys our arable land. Just a green-leaf and and lie about it's Flex Fuel ability would suffice your snickering evil head. But, they did make it guaranteed. Guaranteed to reduce profits. It is useless as a truck and the worst quality and reliability since the Tempo, and the worst MPG to HP I have ever seen for a 4-cylinder. But, the 6 cylinder should be part of Ripley's, But at least they didn't go bankrupt. Believe it or Not?
The persistent popularity of the Ford Crown Victoria with the Law Enforcement community probably largely accounts for Ford's poor fuel economy (That and the persistent popularity of the F-150.) They haven't changed the Crown Vic in years and with a curb weight around two and a half tons, they need a BIG V-8 to give 'em the sort of sports car-like performance the cops have insisted on for a good forty years.
The E.P.A. rating is based on the scores of the models in Ford's line up not what they have sold. http://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/Aboutratings.do