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USA: Ford’s Focus Electric Vehicle Gets Even Greener

Taking the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” mantra to the next level, Ford announced that the 2012 Focus Electric vehicle will use branded REPREVE® recycled seat fabric. The REPREVE fabric will also be incorporated into other new vehicles for the next model year.

The Focus Electric is Fords first vehicle to have an interior made from 100% clean technology. REPREVE-based fabrics are made from a hybrid blend of recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and post-consumer waste. The companies will set up bottle collections at upcoming trade shows that will be recycled into fabric and expect to divert about 2 million post-consumer plastic bottles from landfills.

“Ford is committed to delivering vehicles with leading fuel efficiency while targeting at least 25 percent clean technology in interior materials across our lineup,” says Carol Kordich, lead designer of Sustainable Materials for Ford. “The Focus Electric highlights this commitment as Ford’s first gas-free vehicle, and the first in the automotive industry to use branded REPREVE.”
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