Ford Plans to Make Parts from… Tequila!
Okay fine, not directly from Tequila, but from the Agave plant, the huge aloe vera-like plant where the Mexican elixir is distilled from. Craving a drink yet? Or should I say, a cupholder?
It’s the year 2016 and auto manufacturers and all other companies are constantly searching for different materials that aren’t only environmentally socially responsible, but also stronger, better, and less expensive to produce. That’s why Ford and Jose Cuervo have joined forces to explore the use of agave plants to develop a sustainable bioplastic material to incorporate in vehicles, giving the agave fiber byproduct a second chance at usefulness.
Scientists and researchers are studying the sort of Agave bioplastic, and testing its resistance to heat and durability for potential use in exterior parts, but more commonly for interior panels, wiring harness and storage bins such as cupholders and glove box compartments.
“Jose Cuervo is proud to be working with Ford to further develop our agave sustainability plan,” said Sonia Espinola, director of heritage for Cuervo Foundation and master tequilera. “As the world’s No. 1-selling tequila, we could never have imagined the hundreds of agave plants we were cultivating as a small family business would eventually multiply to millions. This collaboration brings two great companies together to develop innovative, earth-conscious materials.”
Another huge benefit that this Agave bioplastic could bring to the automotive industry, is its incredible lightness, as even with the usage of lightweight plastics, the average Ford vehicle carries over 400 pounds of plastic. This new product could severely reduce that figure.
So what do you say, want a margarita?