Ford manufacturing is all about innovation. Ford is not only making their 2015 F-150 with aluminum body panels, but is also looking at making future cars as light as possible by using aluminum and carbon fiber rather than the traditional steel. If this isn’t enough, Ford, again is looking at shaking up car manufacturing yet again and this time they are looking to use… wait for it… tomatoes (and yes, the tomato is a fruit).
That’s right, Ford is looking at building future cars from tomato fibers. Ford and Heinz recently announced that they are investigating the use of tomato fibers in creating a new sustainable composite material. Don’t worry though, your car won’t smell like ketchup. The tomato fibers, really just dried tomato skins, would only be used for a small portion of auto parts: the wiring brackets or interior storage bins. These tomato fiber composites are simply the latest addition to Ford’s “bio-based” materials which already include soy-foam seat pads and coconut-based composites.
“We are exploring whether this food-processing byproduct makes sense for an automotive application,” said a Ford plastics research technical specialist, Ellen Lee. “Our goal is to develop a strong, lightweight material that meets our vehicle requirements, while at the same time reducing our overall environmental impact.”
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