Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet with the Ford Bio Babes, Ellen and Angela at the Ford Motor Company in Irvine.
Ellen and Angela are part of the all-female Biomaterials research team, which is dedicated to creating Innovations in green and sustainable technologies—like soy foam and bio-based resins—for use in Ford vehicles. In their spare time they also mentor female students interested in engineering and the sciences and were recently featured on PBS. They also are both moms! Love moms who are out there leading the way!
Ellen and Angela share some fun facts about Ford Green Innovation in action that I found pretty interesting.
Did you know that most headrests in ford vehicles are made from soy foam? 75% of all for vehicles have soy foam in the headrest. Ford’s soy-based polyurethane foam seat cushions and seatbacks are now on more than 1.5 million Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles on the road today, representing a reduction in petroleum usage of approximately 1.5 million pounds every year.
They are also working on using natural fibers like wheat straw, which is the waste from wheat, to reinforce plastic material in Ford vehicles and overall reduce the weight of the vehicles, which in turns lowers Co2 emissions. Currently they are using plastic in the Ford Flex and is already making a huge difference in reducing petroleum usage by millions of pounds each year.
We are in the market for a family vehicle this year and I know one thing, I want a car that is fuel efficient and eco friendly. I was excited to learn about Ford’s innovative technology and the changes they are making in their fleet of vehicles.
To learn more about Ford vehicles and innovations head here.