Ford Reaches CO2 Manufacturing Emissions Reduction Goal—8 Years Early

Ford Reaches CO2 Manufacturing Emissions Reduction Goal—8 Years Early

Back in 2010, Ford set a lofty CO2 manufacturing emissions reduction goal for itself: It aimed to reduce its global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its manufacturing operations by a whopping 30% in 15 years. As of last month, Ford hit that goal a full eight years ahead of schedule, more than twice as fast as expected. In total, Ford has reduced global manufacturing CO2 emissions by more than 3.4 million metric tons since 2010. How? A number of initiatives brought Ford success, including updates to paint operations, the introduction of Minimum Quantity Lubrication, and the installation of more than 100,000 LED light fixtures. “We are proud of the work

Ford SUV Factory Gets $25 Million Investment

Ford SUV Factory Gets $25 Million Investment

Ford is looking to become even more competitive in the SUV market – and it’s doing so with a $25 million investment at the Ford SUV factory in Louisville, Kentucky in hopes that it will assemble more of the big SUVs that will challenge its biggest rival, General Motors. By using this investment, the American carmaker will be able to increase production of both the new Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator by 25% compared to what the company was planning last fall, when the two redesigned SUVs first hit dealerships like Gurley Motor Co. “The Expedition and Navigator products are very important to both the Ford and Lincoln lineups,”

Ford Connected Car Open-Source Platform Set for Development

Ford Connected Car Open-Source Platform Set for Development

The future is here for Ford – and it looks like we’re all going to be connected. The American carmaker recently announced a number of initiatives during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show with the hopes to enhance connected car development. One of these is the Ford connected car open-source platform, which will off vehicle-to-everything communications for cities, cyclists, and automobiles. Together, Ford is working with Autonomic, a Palo Alto-based self-driving car startup, to help develop the Ford Transportation Mobility Cloud, which will connect cities and cars together. This Mobility Cloud will be an open-sourced platform, which will allow companies and cities to join if they want to join the connected

Ford Patents Smartphone Key Fob Technology

Ford Patents Smartphone Key Fob Technology

Ford is making waves with innovation as it dives into the world of technology. Ford has patented a phone case that lets you turn your smartphone into a key fob. The case would allow your smartphone to lock, unlock, and open the trunk, and could even unlock the car automatically when you get close to it. While the key fob case would function much in the same way as a normal key fob, it would be one less device you have to keep track of and carry, and it’s much easier to keep track of your smartphone, and find it again if you lose it, than a set of keys.

Ford’s Robotic Butt to Improve Seats

Ford’s Robotic Butt to Improve Seats

Seat comfort and durability are major issues in modern vehicles, and no automaker is working to improve them more than Ford. Ford’s robotic butt aims to test vehicle seats thousands of times to simulate years of wear. From there, Ford engineers use the data to construct more durable and comfortable seats. Dubbed the Robutt, this invention takes testing seat comfort and durability to the next level. It simulates entering and exiting the vehicle 25,000 times, a decade’s worth of wear, in just three weeks’ time. Using the device, engineers have been able to map where drivers apply pressure while operating the vehicle. Prior to the introduction of Robutt, Ford used

Ford Driving Dreams Grants Awarded at LULAC Convention

Ford Driving Dreams Grants Awarded at LULAC Convention

At the 88th Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention in San Antonio held earlier this summer, the Ford Motor Company Fund presented $400,000 in scholarships and grants as part of its Ford Driving Dreams Grants program. These funds were awarded to 10 Councils and LULAC National Educational Service Centers located across the country. The money will be used to support educational programs for high schoolers and help them pursue a higher education. “Ford Fund is very proud of its collaboration with LULAC. Together we provide invaluable resources to help the councils build a stronger and brighter future for thousands of students in their own communities,” said

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Wheels Win Popular Science Innovation Award

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R Wheels Win Popular Science Innovation Award

The 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R wheels, made of super light carbon fiber wheels, were recognized by Popular Science as one of the greatest innovations in the automotive industry this year. The Shelby’s wheels weigh 19 lb, 15 lb lighter than regular aluminum wheels, which greatly improves the car’s acceleration, along with better rigidity than aluminum for better handling. They’re also insulated with a ceramic coating similar to what’s used in space shuttles, according to Ford, which helps maintain the integrity of the wheels in high heat. The reduced weight of the wheels makes for a “60-pound total reduction in unsprung weight, and a 40% drop in rotational inertia,” according

Ford Focus RS Kit Modifications

Ford Focus RS Kit Modifications

Right off the factory floor, the Ford Focus RS is one of the hottest hot hatches available. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get any better. The British tuner, Mountune, has released a series of Ford Focus RS kit modifications to make the car even quicker, more dynamic, and more fun than it already is. For mild modifications, Phase One adds new hoses, suspension upgrades, and a bigger intake. Step up to Phase Two and you’ll get a high-flow air filter, durable silicone hoses, an improved air recirculation valve, and a modified ECU. With Phase Two in place, the turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine will produce 370 horsepower and 346 lb-ft

Ford and the Tom Joyner Foundation Team Up to Honor Unsung Heroes

Ford and the Tom Joyner Foundation Team Up to Honor Unsung Heroes

Ford and the Tom Joyner Foundation are working together to take Ford’s Freedom Unsung program to a national level. This program honors outstanding achievements from ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the African American community. “Ford has a legacy of honoring African American achievement,” said Pamela Alexander, director, community development, Ford Motor Company Fund, in a statement. “We are excited to launch this national contest and reward an unsung hero who uplifts our community.” To be part of this contest, individuals are encouraged to nominate their favorite unsung hero in the African American community. They need to live in the United States and be at least 21 years old. Judges

UAW-Ford Contract Passes

UAW-Ford Contract Passes

The United Auto Workers union has been in talks with various automakers with factories in Detroit over the past few months. Now a contract has finally been approved with Ford, the last automaker to negotiate a four-year agreement with the union. The UAW-Ford contract passes by a narrow majority. “This agreement provides a good foundation for Ford Motor Company, our employees and our communities as we work together to create an even stronger business in the years ahead,” said John Fleming, Ford’s head of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. UAW production members reached a 51% in favor of the contract, a slim majority. Skilled trades members were just as closely