Things Go Better With 2014 Ford Fusion Energi and Coca-Cola | Edmunds

Things Go Better With 2014 Ford Fusion Energi and Coca-Cola


Just the Facts:
  • A 2014 Ford Fusion Energi outfitted with interior fabric made from the same plant-based material used in Coca-Cola bottles was unveiled on Friday.
  • The fabric is used to cover seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners.
  • The one-off Fusion Energi underscores a joint commitment by Ford and Coca-Cola to develop new products produced from renewable materials.

DEARBORN, Michigan — A 2014 Ford Fusion Energi outfitted with interior fabric made from the same plant-based material used in Coca-Cola bottles was unveiled on Friday. The car will be shown at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The environmentally friendly bio-material is used to cover seat cushions, seat backs, head restraints, door panel inserts and headliners. The Fusion Energi's seats are trimmed in green accent material that is reminiscent of a Coke bottle. The fabric consists of up to 30 percent plant-based materials.

Ford did not say if the material would end up in its production vehicles, but it noted that the material is "not just for Ford, it's an innovation that could go further."

The one-off Fusion Energi underscores a joint commitment by Ford and Coca-Cola to develop new products produced from renewable materials.

"The research vehicle marks the first time PlantBottle Technology is applied beyond packaging (used by the beverage maker)," said Ford in a statement.

The use of plant-based materials to create fabrics cuts the amount of petroleum needed in the production of traditional auto interiors.

Edmunds says: We'll drink to that.

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