Ford becomes first automaker to use captured CO2 in vehicles

Ford has become the first automaker to create and test new foam and plastic parts using captured carbon dioxide for its vehicles.

Underhood applications and seating are just some of the products that Ford have managed to create by using captured carbon dioxide.

Ford researchers are expecting these products, which are formulated with around 50 per cent CO2-based polyols, to go into production within the next five years, meaning new vans in Ford dealerships in Poole and across the rest of the UK could soon be equipped with these new products.

Researchers have also revealed they are working on creating other plastic materials using captured carbon as Ford continue to strive forward with its plans to reduce the need for fossil fuel-based plastics.

Speaking on the Ford Motor Company Media Center website, Debbie Mielewski, who is Ford’s senior technical leader of sustainability, said, “Ford is working aggressively to lower its environmental impact by reducing its use of petroleum-based plastic and foam.

“This technology is exciting because it is contributing to solving a seemingly insurmountable problem – climate change. We are thrilled to be leading the charge toward reducing carbon emissions and the effects of climate change.”

Sustainable material for Ford’s vehicles

Ford has always been interested in making their vehicles greener and over the past two decades the car and van manufacturer has created sustainable materials.

Recycled tyres, soy mirror gaskets, recycled t-shirts and denim used for carpeting and recycled plastic bottles used for fabrics are just some of the ways Ford have made their vehicles “greener”.

Ford’s move to use captured carbon dioxide to create products for their cars is a bid to help reduce carbon emissions and reduce climate change.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency our earth’s average temperature has risen by 1.5 Fahrenheit over the past century and this is expected to continue to rise by another 0.5 Fahrenheit over the next 100 years.