The Blue Oval has received considerable praise for it sustainability efforts in recent years as the automaker aims to become more environmentally friendly in every facet of its operations. This includes the use of recycled ocean plastic in vehicles like the Ford Bronco Sport, which made a bit of history in that regard when it launched for the 2021 model year. The same goes for the Ford Mustang Mach-E and its drainable frunk, which just scored its very own sustainability design award.
This honor comes from the Society of Plastics Engineers, which presented FoMoCo with a sustainability award for the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E frunk, which was redesigned with not only simplicity in mind, but also, with an eye toward increasing its post-consumer recycled content. The new frunk utilizes recycled packaging that equals 115 post-consumer use yogurt cups and also simplifies it from six pieces down to just one while reducing weight by around 6.6 pounds and making it cheaper to produce, to boot.
“We are so proud of this team for seeking opportunities like this to deliver win-win solutions for the environment, customers, and Ford,” said Donna Dickson, Mustang Mach-E chief program engineer. “Our customers love the Mustang Mach-E and this action is a great example of how we’re not resting on our laurels, but working to make each aspect of the vehicle better every single day, whether that’s new hardware like this change or over-the-air software updates.”
“Beyond reducing tailpipe emissions from our vehicles, we are committed to increasing recycled and sustainably sourced content in our vehicles,” said Cynthia Williams, global director sustainability, homologation and compliance at Ford. “Our aspiration is to use only recycled or renewable plastic content in our vehicles, and this innovation helps bring us closer to that goal.”