One of the most recognizable names in all of the alcohol world is Jose Cuervo. Ford has announced that it has teamed up with Cuervo to explore the use of agave pants to develop a sustainable bioplastic material that could be incorporated into vehicles in the future. This would give the agave fiber byproduct of tequila production a chance to be useful.
Researchers are currently in the testing process to see if the bioplastic meets durability and heat resistance requirements for use in vehicle interior and exterior components such as wiring harnesses and storage bins. Ford says that success could reduce the weight of the car parts and help improve fuel economy.
The material could also help reduce the amount of petrochemicals used and decrease the environmental impact of building vehicles. The growth cycle of the agave plant is at least seven years long. The plant is harvested and the heart is roasted before being ground up to extract juices used in distillation. Some of the remaining agave fibers are used by Cuervo as compost in its farms. More of the fiber is used to make crafts and agave paper by local artisans.
via FordFiled Under: Auto News