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Ford working on natural fiber materials for automotive applications

Ford working on natural fiber materials for automotive applications

Ford has announced that it has teamed up with Weyerhaeuser to develop automotive applications for natural fiber materials. Ford is looking into the use of tree fibers called cellulose in some of the plastic composites used to produce its automobiles. Ford says that the use of cellulose in automotive applications has the potential to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and weight.

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Ford reduces the use of rare earth metals in lithium-ion batteries for hybrids

Ford reduces the use of rare earth metals in lithium-ion batteries for hybrids

Many manufacturers who are heavily into battery production, and usage are doing all they can to reduce their need for rare earth metals. China has the majority of the world supply of rare earth metals and has been increasing its grip on the materials to drive prices up. Ford has announced that its new lithium-ion batteries were designed to reduce the use of rare earth metals.

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Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Ford uses rocket engine alloy for superior turbos

Cutting-edge technology has a way of aging and trickling down into consumer products. This is particularly true in technology and materials intended for space travel. Ford has announced that it is using a superalloy that was developed for space shuttle engines in the turbocharger for its 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine in some applications. The super alloy allows the turbocharger to last significantly longer than using normal metal alone.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 21, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: August 21, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening, everyone. Let's jump right into the news, shall we? Today Apple delivered its closing arguments in the suit against Samsung, and it didn't pull any punches. Additionally, we found out that jurors deciding the case have been given various devices to help them decide who's in the right, but can't do much of anything with them. Apple's stock took a bit of a dip after it was crowned the most valuable public company ever, and some good news coming out of Foxconn, as its progress report with Fair Labor Association came back positive.

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Ford C-Max Hybrid can go 570 miles on a single tank of gas

Ford C-Max Hybrid can go 570 miles on a single tank of gas

Ford is understandably proud of its C-Max Hybrid vehicle and continues to tout the car's fuel sipping prowess compared to the Toyota Prius V. The C-Max Hybrid was rated by the EPA for 47 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. That 47 mpg rating both in the city and on the highway is unusual. Typically, hybrids have better fuel efficiency in the city.

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Ford invests in electrification big time

Ford invests in electrification big time

It seems like Washington and the big automakers in Detroit have gone electrification crazy. Everyone is working on the electrification of the automobile industry with more hybrids and pure electric vehicles being researched and produced all around the world. The push for electrification is to save drivers at the pump, help the environment, and to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

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Ford Roximity location aware deals app now available

Ford Roximity location aware deals app now available

Ford has announced a new and very interesting app is now available for drivers who own vehicles supporting Sync AppLink. The app is called Roximity and was the winner of the Ford Sync App Developer Challenge held at the 2011 Disrupt Hackathon. The app is available for iOS devices and adds some very interesting functionality for drivers.

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