Ford’s Looking Past Carbon Fiber To A New Lightweight Material

Lately, carbon fiber’s been the go-to for lightweight material in the auto industry. But Ford’s looking into other options, and it happens to be one of the world’s strongest natural materials. Bamboo may have materials like carbon fiber and aluminum beat, according to Ford’s research.

It’s strong, flexible, and totally renewable since it can grow up to 3 feet a day. Ford is looking to use bamboo in interior features along with combining it with plastic to make it even stronger.

Bamboo’s not the only natural material Ford is looking to work with. They’ve partnered with Jose Cuervo to look into the use of the tequila’s agave plant for more bioplastics. How do you feel about moving away from “traditional” materials in exchange for more natural material?