Ford Shows Off a Plant Based Plastic Interior in this Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion Energi PlantBottle

Ford has been stepping up their game in recent years, both in the realm of high-performance sexy-time street beasts and in green tech. This latest Ford concept is based on the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid I drove back in June, with the added twist of having a fully plant based plastic interior installed in place of the usual petroleum-based plastics.

The material is chemically identical to the plant based plastic used in Coca-Cola’s new Plant Bottles, and totally removes petroleum from the equation. In the case of this Fusion, Ford was able to replace the seats, backrests, headrests, door inserts, and a few of the dash finishes. Applying a similar process across Ford’s current production lines would be a follow-up to Ford’s long-running use of soy-based foam seat inserts, which already saves the company from using more than 2,000 tons of petroleum- which, presumably, is more than a few barrels of crude.

You can find out more about Coca-Cola’s innovative plant based plastics in this infographic …

Plant Bottle infographic

… and get a close-up look at what Ford’s concept Fusion Energi interior looks like in the photo-gallery, below.

What do you guys think? Is this the next big thing, another excuse to pay out big farm subsidies, or just more incentive for your dog to chew up your seats on long road trips? Let us know what you think in the comments, below!

 

Source | Photos: Coca-Cola, Ford, via Motorpasion.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.