Ford has found an odd new partner in its ongoing pursuit of greener vehicles, announcing earlier this week it would be teaming up with tequila maker Jose Cuervo.
The pair has been researching the use of byproducts from harvested agave – the plant responsible for countless bad decisions and hangovers – to develop bio-plastics for manufacturing vehicle interiors and exterior components like wiring harnesses, HVAC units and storage bins.
“Initial assessments suggest the material holds great promise due to its durability and aesthetic qualities,” said the company in a press release. “Success in developing a sustainable composite could reduce vehicle weight and lower energy consumption, while paring the use of petrochemicals and the impact of vehicle production on the environment.”
According to Ford, a typical car uses about 400 pounds of plastic.
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