Green Vehicles

By PSU EcoMerge Capstone - 11:17 AM

We all know the benefits of driving alternative fuel source vehicles for the environment but how many people consider the ways in which their car was built. The process in which a car is built can be very harmful to the environment. Today many car manufacturers are taking steps to help with not only what we fuel are cars with but how they build cars.

Ford Motor Company is changing the way in which they paint vehicles.

"In addition to reduced CO2 emissions, the new technology reduces volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions by about 10 percent. We estimate we can save approximately $7 per vehicle by cutting the time it takes to paint a vehicle by almost 20 percent as well as reducing the size of the traditional paint shop by nearly 15 percent."

Ford is currently testing this new technology with U-Haul to ensure it has the durability that consumers need.

Ford has also begun using sustainable products in the interiors of some of their vehicles and say they hope to expand the application to all vehicles in the future.

"The 2008 Ford Escape uses seating surfaces made from 100 percent post-industrial materials, supplied by InterfaceFABRIC, Inc. InterfaceFABRIC estimates that Ford's use of post-industrial materials, rather than virgin fibers, could conserve an estimated 600,000 gallons of water, an estimated 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents, and the equivalent of more than 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually."

Nissan has also started the Nissan Green Program 2010. Not only does this program set goals for cleaner emissions but also promotes the 3 R's (Reduce, Recycle and Reuse)


http://www.ford.com/our-values/environment/corporate-sustainability

http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/ENVIRONMENT/GREENPROGRAM_2010/index.html

Jeremiah





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