Cars and Calories
Nothing is more “typical American” than being overweight. Many of us don’t realize that the same holds true for cars. In more civilized countries, seeing Suburbans and Escalades, or even muscle cars, is a rarity. Ford is changing things up with the recent announcement that they plan to drop 750lbs from each model in their lineup within the next 10 years (Ford is also curbing factory waste at the same time). They plan to take advantage of carbon fiber in this effort to further improve their already-efficient cars.
It’s going to take more than just composite materials to drop 750 pounds from cars like the Mustang, Focus, and Fiesta, but with some intelligent design changes and cutting back on unnecessary features, it’s certainly attainable.
Read more about the partnership between Dow Automotive Systems and Ford to stop American automotive obesity.
What’s your take on excess weight? Could your drive stand to shed a few pounds?