Ford Envisions Future Car Interiors Made Of Bamboo
The iconic American car company is testing one of Asia's most abundant natural resources
Known for being both panda food and one of nature’s strongest materials, bamboo has been used in a variety of ways for centuries across different cultures. Now Ford has revealed it is currently testing bamboo for use in the interior of its vehicles.
“Bamboo is amazing,” said Janet Yin, a materials engineering supervisor at Ford’s Nanjing Research & Engineering Centre. “It’s strong, flexible, totally renewable, and plentiful in China and many other parts of Asia.”
Ford’s Nanjing team found that bamboo performs comprehensively better than other tested synthetic and natural fibers in a range of materials tests, from tensile strength tests to impact strength tests. It’s also been heated to more than 212 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure it can maintain its integrity.