The Most Expensive Ford Ever Built

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on April 18th, 2012

Ford Motor Company may soon produce a car that’s more bourgie than a Bentley, but costs thousands of dollars less. How is this possible? The rumor is that Ford is experimenting with ways in which to recycle millions of dollars in shredded and discarded U.S. currency into interior parts.

The Washington Examiner explains:

John Viera, Ford’s global director of Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters, plans to test for uses of the 3.6 million pounds of shredded money the Feds burn or dump into landfills every year. … The goal is to shift away from every-pricey petroleum products. Each car has about 300 pounds of plastics in them.

“The potential to reuse some of the country’s paper currency once it has been taken out of circulation is a great example of the kind of research we are doing,” said Viera. [more]

According to The Examiner, Ford is eyeing the money to use in plastic applications like storage bins and interior trays. Ford is already making interior parts out of recycled denim jeans, water bottles, dandelions and other plants.

But Ford isn’t the only automaker experimenting with obscure materials. Hyundai is using volcanic rock and Toyota is using sugarcane. The University of Alberta is even developing ways to use ground up cow carcasses in vehicle interiors.

The list keeps getting weirder and weirder. Still, I don’t think anything beats cruising around in a car made of dollar bills.

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5 Responses

  1. Steve McGee says:

    Dolla dolla bill y’all. I respect what they are doing. I think Ford is on the right path and probably ahead of their American competitors. The future is going to be about social and environmental responsibility, and Ford is setting a great example.

  2. Liz says:

    Ground up cows, that’s not right, wonder what that smells like in the hot summer sun, who would have thunk that

  3. Nacho says:

    my respect to FORD… not only were they the only american company to not use tax payers $$$, they brought out an arsenal or beautiful cars with good gas mileage and are extremely “smart”, but now they’re going green! AMERICAN PRIDE!!! Makes me want to buy a ford after i’m done with my fathers 65 falcon :-O

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