Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sustainable Bamboo Materials for Ford's Vehicle Interiors

Sustainable Bamboo Materials for Ford's Vehicle Interiors

PEKIN, Ill.,––Ford is thankfully a company that puts a lot of work into the design of their vehicles. From the shape of the car, to the ergonomic shape of the seats, right down to the wearability of the interior materials, Ford has it all covered. Ford consistently researches user habits, material options, etc. to provide their customers the best and longest lasting solution. The most recent topic of research is sustainable bamboo materials for Ford's vehicle interiors.

Bamboo has been touted as one of the world's strongest naturally occurring materials. Even Thomas Edison was smart enough to use this miracle material in the testing process while making the first ever light bulb! You might have experienced bamboo flooring or bamboo in a dish, but maybe not in a vehicle. Bamboo is a material that has been used and tested for many applications for centuries and now it's making its way into textiles that are vehicle-interior ready.

Ford has actually been working with bamboo for several years now to test and evaluate the tensile strength. This simply means how resistant the material is to being pulled apart. In testing, the bamboo has been combined with some plastics to increase the strength. It's been found to be a stronger and more comprehensive material in comparison to natural and synthetic fiber materials.

Because of the quick growing rate of bamboo, which is typically two to five years to maturity, this is a material that is even more sustainable and ready for mass production. While tests on bamboo materials continue, it may not be long before we see bamboo in the interior of Ford vehicles! It might not surprise you, but Ford is already using other sustainable materials such as post-consumer cotton for interior padding, recycled plastic bottles for floor carpeting, recycled tires for seals and gaskets, etc.

If you're a fan of keeping emissions low and using sustainable materials, Ford is the brand to look out for when you're out to purchase a car. Ford has many vehicles in the current model year lineup that provide great gas mileage, with electric or hybrid options as well. You can explore all the Ford models available at Velde Ford Pekin online! If you're curious as to how they perform on the road, we'd be happy to set you up with a test drive.

At Velde Ford, we're committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Stop by the dealership located at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or visit our website: for more information.

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