The Ford Drive Sustainability Effort: Going Green

Ford is going green. Recently announcing the Drive Sustainability effort, Ford teamed up to with nine other major automotive companies to make the auto-manufacturing process eco-friendly. The other automotive companies include BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Scania CV AB, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. This is just one of many steps Ford is taking to become more environmentally friendly.

According to Ford, the Drive Sustainability effort will establish a Raw Materials Observatory to address environmental concerns and ethical issues that occur when finding raw materials for the auto industry. Ford itself has suppliers in more than 60 countries, which means it sources materials from all over the world.

“This is a perfect opportunity for an integrated approach amongst auto companies to come together and share a common platform for how we look at some of the very important aspects of sustainability, like working conditions and our collective environmental footprint,” said Bob Holycross, VP of Sustainability at Ford Europe.

In particular, this Drive Sustainability effort will help when sourcing materials like mica, cobalt, rubber and leather. Plus, Ford is holding the World Excellence Awards for those companies that excel in eco-friendly applications. Here at Shults Ford Lincoln Wexford, we couldn’t be prouder to be associated with the fantastic Ford family.

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Real vs. Fake Christmas Trees

If you haven’t already, you are probably planning on putting up your Christmas tree soon. If you and your family are stuck in the real vs. fake Christmas trees debate, we’ll help you put that to rest.

According to the American Christmas Tree Association, “There is no debate. Consumers should feel free to choose either type of tree, or better yet, choose one or more of each! Both types of Christmas trees have very distinctive characteristics and a recent Life Cycle Analysis concluded that neither tree has a significant negative impact on the environment. It really comes down to which kind of tree, or trees, best fits your lifestyle.”

So, there you have it. Discuss with your family and decide if you want to go with a real tree and water it every day and enjoy the natural pine scent, or just put up an artificial one and let it be. With an artificial tree, you have more flexibility with when you put up your tree, since there is no risk of it drying out. You can also use it year after year if you take good care of it. Another reason to choose an artificial tree is if you are allergic to mold and other allergens produced by live trees.

Which type of Christmas tree does your family prefer?

real vs. fake Christmas trees

Ford Plug-In Vehicles Will Communicate Via the Cloud

Ford Plug-In Vehicles Will Communicate Via the CloudFord is collaborating with seven automakers, including BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, and Toyota, as well as 15 U.S. utility companies to develop technology that would enable plug-in electric vehicles to “talk” to charging utilities via the cloud.

The benefit of the technology is to help manage and improve the efficiency of the power grid. The collaborating automakers and companies will create a standards-based communication platform for use by plug-in electric vehicles and the electric grids. It will enable utilities to contact vehicles customers who have opted-in to the program to request their car to stop charging temporarily to alleviate stress on the grid.

The utility companies are prepared to offer financial incentives to participating owners. Those who opt-in to the program will be able to charge their car at any location of their choice and, if desired, ignore the request to stop charging.

“This innovative platform provides a critical enabler for the next step in vehicle electrification,” said Mike Tinskey, associate global director, Electrification Infrastructure for Ford. “It’s a way for plug-in electric vehicle drivers to be financially rewarded for their willingness to help manage the electric grid.”

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