Green Ford EV coming to Portland International Auto Show
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Ford Focus Electric will show off its green features at the Portland International Auto Show next month.
Ford announced this week that its new Ford Focus Electric will be upholstered with polyester fiber made from recycled materials.
The car will be available in Portland — one of 19 launch markets — next year and Portlanders will get to check out the new electric vehicle next month when it shows its stuff at the Portland International Auto Show.
Working with textile company Unifi Inc., Ford is using a blend of recycled materials for the seat fabric in the Focus Electric. Company officials figure each car uses about 22 16-ounce plastic bottles worth of post-consumer waste in its seat upholstery.
Ford is the first car maker to use the fiber, which Unifi calls Repreve.
"We're excited to work with Ford for introduction of Repreve into the automotive industry," said Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi.
Ford debuted its 2012 Focus Electric in November at the Seattle International Auto Show. The car features technology from Seattle technology firms.
Ford also promises that the Focus Electric will charge in half the time it takes a Nissan Leaf to get to full power using a 240-volt outlet.
Microsoft technology will allow Focus Electric drivers to control when their car charges, allowing them to take advantage of lower electricity rates in a variable power rate pricing scenario.
Ford is also partnering with SunPower Corp. to sell EV car buyers rooftop solar systems to offset the cost of electricity and up the green quotient of owning an electric car.
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