As you know, olive trees produce a fruit that is consumed all over the world in the form of a snack, oil or olive paste. Now, Ford has explored the possibility of using it of branches and leaves which are discarded during harvest to make more sustainable components in its vehicles.
The test was conducted under the program COMPOlivewhich is committed to achieving environmental change in olive production, the use of biocomposites instead of plastic and supporting the circular economy.
The use of residues from the olive harvest with a purpose the production of components in modern cars could significantly reduce the amounts of plastic used in them. At the same time, such a process could well support the goals for cleaner air, avoiding the burning of branches and leaves that are discarded during the harvest of this precious fruit.
As part of the test carried out, Ford engineers they made original footrests, as well as individual parts of the luggage compartment, using the above residues from the olive harvest. The tests showed that the produced components they are sturdy and durablewith Ford now evaluating the whole process for mass use in its next “wave” of all-electric vehicles.
For testing purposes, the residuals were derived from olive groves in Andalucia, Spainthe region with the highest olive oil production in the world.
In the first phase, engineers at Ford’s European headquarters in Cologne, Germany used smart simulation technology to test the utility of olive trees in terms of durability, strength and formability, while they were then able to proceed with the manufacture of the prototype components. Consisting of 40% fiber and 60% recycled polypropylene plasticthe resulting substance was heated and injection molded into the shape of the selected part.
Together with its partners around the world, Ford is achieving measurable benefits against ambitious environmental sustainability goals. The The Road to Better is Ford’s commitment to building a more sustainable, inclusive and just future in transportation where every person is free to move and pursue his dreams.
The program The which ran from 2020 to 2023, had to be adjusted to travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic. His partners met in person for the first time about two and a half years after the start of the project.
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