Ford, Jose Cuervo to Make Car Parts from Agave

Tequila master Jose Cuervo makes some of the most popular drinks in the world using some of the best distilled agave. But filling up Happy Hour margaritas isn’t the only thing that this special plant can do for people around the U.S. In fact, Ford and Jose Cuervo have teamed up to help create car parts from the leftover agave fibers.

After a series of tests, Ford found that agave fiber waste can be transformed into a sustainable, and low-weight, composite that can be used to create various car parts. These parts would be much lighter than what is normally used now and would use less petrochemicals in their creation, making them extra eco-friendly.

“At Ford, we aim to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability research department. “As a leader in the sustainability space, we are developing new technologies to efficiently employ discarded materials and fibers, while potentially reducing the use of petrochemicals and light-weighting our vehicles for desired fuel economy.”

This is yet another way that Ford is looking to use agricultural biomass waste in their products in the hopes of creating more sustainable cars. Agave joins everything from coconut fiber and wheat straw to soy foam and rice hulls as renewable resources in their efforts.

“There are about 400 pounds of plastic on a typical car,” said Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader, sustainability research department. “Our job is to find the right place for a green composite like this to help our impact on the planet. It is work that I’m really proud of, and it could have broad impact across numerous industries.”

Check out the video below to see how it’s all done!

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