Is Bamboo the Solution to a Sustainable Automotive Future?

Ford has been testing bamboo for use in new vehicles. If it meets Ford's rigorous standards for durability, impact resistance, and heat resistance, it may be used in materials like a composite plastic.

Ford already uses plant byproducts like rice hulls and wheat straw to create plastic composites. By reinforcing plastic with natural, sustainable materials, it reduces the weight of the plastic (which is good for fuel economy and power-to-weight ratios), reduces carbon emissions and petroleum consumption, and is often more affordable. Being green is a win-win-win situation.

Bamboo thus far has been exceeding all expectations for tensile strength, making it a promising candidate to join Ford's other renewable materials. It grows fast, taking only five years from seed to harvest—another promising quality that makes it a rising star as an eco-friendly alternative.

If you would like to learn more about Ford's efforts to reduce environmental impact, or to test drive an efficient hybrid model, contact Wall's Ford in Salisbury.

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