At the Chicago Assembly Plant - home of the Ford Taurus and Explorer, which are also available at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington - water sustainability is the name of the game through 2020, thanks to Ford's recently updated manufacturing water strategy.
In efforts to increase the level of sustainability, a pair of projects were recently set into motion; the first increases the re-use of water in the plant's pre-treatment system, and the second integrates a cooling tower side-stream electrolysis system to eliminate magnesium and calcium. Water is typically used in vast amounts for pre-treatment baths, as do the cooling towers that are common at automotive manufacturing plants. In line with the strategy, the plant is currently developing new processes to re-use up to 90 percent of water that's pulled for the pre-treatment process. Learn more about Ford's initiative in the video below:
According to Andy Hobbs, the Environmental Quality Office director, Ford is one of only 24 companies out of 600 to receive an “A” grade by CDP for its water allocation initiatives. The Chicago Assembly Plant example is only one of multiple Ford applications of its sustainability strategy.
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Staying true to its slogan "Go Further," Ford Motor Company recently presented both a short-term and long-term vision for the future of autonomous vehicles as part of its 'City of Tomorrow' initiative.
As a proponent for innovation, it's no surprise that Ford representatives already anticipate autonomous vehicles to be introduced worldwide within the next five years. That forward thinking - while unforeseeable to some naysayers - is what has established Ford known as a pioneer in the automotive industry and beyond.
In conjunction, the automaker also projects upward growth in electrified vehicles that parallels the plan for autonomous vehicle introduction. The aforementioned plans fall within Ford's larger vision, which highlights vehicle and infrastructure connectivity and communications.
On the horizon, autonomous vehicles will be the norm in the City of Tomorrow - and the majority of those will be electrified vehicles. In addition to mass, high-speed public transit taking precedence, Ford also anticipates the prevalence of multi-purpose drones, operating systems that efficiently interpret and manage data from every facet of the ecosystem, upgrading road space into green space and parks, and more.
“Now, we want to work with communities to offer even more transportation choices and solutions for people – for decades to come,” Mark Fields, the president and CEO of Ford, said.