December 28, 2007

Ford installs bean chairs; strengthens renewable R&D

Ford is going to use soybean-based foams for its 2009 Ford Escape, which will come out next year, according to automotive supplier Magna International.

The BioFoam is going to be used in seat cushions, head restraints, arm rests, headliners and occupant protection products.

In my Green Autopia article Ford says it also incorporated soy foam-based seatings in its 2008 Mustang sports car.

Below is my full interview with Ford's Deborah Mielewski, polymer technical leader, research and advanced engineering, regarding the company's goal towards the use of renewable chemicals and products in their automobiles.

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