Ford and Coca-Cola have partnered up to create the first-ever interior fabric made from the same renewable material that is used to produce Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology packaging, a big step forward in sustainable design.
The result was revealed in a custom-made Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, where Coca-Cola’s PlantBottle Technology interior fabric covers seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts, and headliners. This is the first time the PlantBottle Technology is used beyond packaging, and the effect is surprisingly good. The seats are quite stylish.
Coca-Cola introduced its technology in 2009 as the first-ever recyclable PET plastic bottle made partially from plants. Since then, more than 18 billion PlantBottle packages have been distributed in 28 countries, saving more than 400,000 barrels of oil in the process. If Ford were to apply the technology to the majority of its models, it would replace about four million pounds of petroleum-derived materials and save approximately 295,000 gallons of gas and 6,000 barrels of oil.
The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid was used as an example model because it is the company’s most fuel-efficient sedan. With its EPA-rated total range of 620 miles and electric-only mode, Ford estimates that customers can save an average $6,850 in fuel costs over five years. Get one today at Cambridge Classic Ford.