Here's Why There’s a Tropical Plant in the New Ford Escape
JAN
30

We’ve told you before about the things lurking inside Ford vehicles that may sound fairly bizarre but in reality are ultra revolutionary. You know, like recycled denim jeans acting as sound insulation, and carpet as an ingredient in cylinder heads covers. Ford is also exploring the idea of coconut fiber as reinforcement for plastic parts.

But let’s get to the matter at hand: a plant in the all-new Escape! It’s called kenaf and is a tropical plant related to cotton and okra plants and looks a bit like bamboo. It’s part of the bolster material inside the doors and is combined with polypropylene in a 50-50 mixture; the plant replaces oil-based materials. The benefit? Beyond sounding cool when you talk about the sustainable materials in your Escape, using kenaf is anticipated to offset 300,000 pounds of oil-based resin per year in North America, and the material reduces the weight of the door bolsters by 25 percent.

Let’s repeat that – 25 percent. Why is it important enough to repeat? Weight savings translates to fuel savings.

Kenaf might also be lurking in everyday items you use, such as cosmetics, and also can be an alternative to wood in the production of paper. Survival tip: the upper leaves and shoots are edible.

Other materials featured in the Escape that are recycled and renewable and reduce impact on the environment include soy foam in the seats and head restraints; plastic bottles and other post-consumer and post-industrial materials in the carpeting; climate control gaskets made from recycled tires; and more than 10 pounds of scrap cotton from the making of denim jeans. The new Escape meets the USCAR Vehicle Recycling Partnership goal that 85 percent of the vehicle is recyclable.

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Clayton P I really like this styling. But does it have a Hybrid option?
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Charlee Thompson Very cool idea
2 year(s) ago via
Ayodeji Akinpelu See now I know Ford is on the right track, not just because I am environmental scientist, but because they are finally finding ways where the environment and the use of production finally comes in harmony. Ford is doing the same thing to not just the Escape but almost all other newer vehicles; they're finally competing with other Automakers such as Lexus! Now that really makes me smile!
2 year(s) ago via
N. Rodriguez Awesome, Ford should use this type of stuff in the Mustang because if these things translate to weight savings, then both performance and fuel economy can be increased. Now my main question is, does this drive the price of the vehicle up, or down? I can see it effecting the price in both ways for a variety of reasons, but I'd still like to know.
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Rebecca At Ford @Terry - Please send me a message with your VIN so I can see which software you have and assist you further. Thanks! Rebecca, In-Vehicle Technology Team
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Joadel Rocha Fernandes eu tem ford focus
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Joadel Rocha Fernandes ,meus carros e so ford
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Joadel Rocha Fernandes sou fa da ford
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Joadel Rocha Fernandes a ford e a marca que surpriendi agente
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Melih Tunç sakın okuma 18 + bir erkek akşam okuldan gelir gelmez bilgisayarı açmış.bilgisaya r acılır acılmaz "annen öldü demiş".diger odaya bakınca annesini ölü bulunmuş. ... Annesini seytan ısırmıs bilgisayara şeytan girmiş,eger sen annenin ölmesini istemiyorsan 15 yere paylaş özür dilerim mecburum...(ya of bikere okudum okumasam kesinlikle böyle birsey yapmamSana Okuma dedik dimi yapıştırsimdi 15 yere yaklaşık bir saat önce · Beğen Emre Yahi bir çoçuk bilgisiyarında oynarken bu yazıyı görmüş hiç kafasına takmamış ve 3 saat sonra ruhLar tarafından bıçaklanmış ve hiç biyerinden kan akmamış evinde sadece bir odada şu ses çıkıyormuş ''İNANMAYANLARA İBRET OLSUN'' SENDE İNANMASSAN 3 ......SAAT İÇERİSİNDE RuhLarı görebilirsinz Bunu Her 20 Yorumun aLtına yapıştır yoksa 3 saat içerisinde ruhları göreceksin demiş
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Sumit Dubey love ford always
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Chris didn't read the article, but the new escape is UGLY !!! Why would you do that? ick
2 year(s) ago via
Bush Chernet be familiar with new ford models.
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Chase Gildersleeve @Terry Gauthier Clang: If you've accidently un-paired SYNC from your phone..you need to delete your phone out of the vehicle and re pair your phone again. Unless the bluetooth on your phone just got shut off, in which you can turn it back on and see if it pairs..otherwise, repair it
2 year(s) ago via
Tom Cunningham Jesus, you morons are barely literate at best.
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Hamed Rashdi wow ... ford always brings the new ideas in the motor vehilce world which other companies copy it !! awesome & this one especially in my favourite vehicle .. the Escape .. Hamed Jacks..
2 year(s) ago via
John Cox Hello ford motor company how ya doin?
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Terry Mcgehee Don't buy crysler they don't honor there warranty ; it brakes down they try get money out you ; I have no air bags on a 2008 on a warranty that they say I don't have a warranty sent me home with my car; I have 9000 miles ; found my warranty will let them foam at the mouth before I bust there bubble ; exstended warranty; 60000 miles or 60 months wow ;;;;;;;
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Hamed Rashdi wow ... ford always brings the new ideas in the motor vehilce world which other companies copy it !! awesome & this one especially in my favourite vehicle .. the Escape .. Hamed Jacks..
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Aleisha Deer Shields I just read this artical, what is the cost difference between this one, and the non recycable? curious to find out
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Terry Gauthier Clang My phone sync!
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Terry Gauthier Clang if I lost the sync in my new ford escape ,is there a trick you can tell me to getting it back ? Other than going through the book and undoing the first sync and then redoing it ?
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