Using soy oil to replace 25 percent of the petroleum oil used in the foam for car seats and headliners, Ford has been pioneering eco-materials research. The soy oil foam rubber is more stretchable and less polluting than its petroleum-based cousin.
Ford’s biomaterial researchers have also developed a soy oil-based rubber that can be used to make deflector shields and baffles, cupholders and floormats. The patent-pending rubber will join soy oil foam as a standard Ford eco-construction component. Ford has even more soy innovations in the works.