Carmakers' pursuit of fuel efficiency and sustainability is moving to auto interiors.
Ford said today that its upcoming Escape SUV will sport door bolsters made of kenaf, a flowering tropical plant. The company estimates using a plant-based material will offset 300,000 pounds of oil-based resins this year.
The door bolsters will be 25 percent lighter and so help improve fuel efficiency as well. They will be a 50-50 mix of kenaf and polypropylene and be made by Indiana-based supplier International Automotive Components.
Kenaf plants grow long stems like bamboo. The fiber can be processed into different materials, such as … Read more