To commemorate American Independence Day, we take a look at the Ford Motor Company, which is on target to have some of its most iconic U.S assembly sites powered by 100% locally sourced renewable energy by 2021.

What are some of the most quintessentially American exports? Fast food, Bruce Springsteen, Levi Jeans and Coca-Cola all come to mind. But surely one of the most iconic examples of America must be the Ford automobile. From classic muscle cars and pick-up trucks to the family sedan, The Blue Oval has been exporting American engineering and innovation across the world since 1903. 

There is of course a long relationship between Ford and Australia too. The first Australian-built Ford was a Model T that came off an improvised production line in a disused wool shed in Geelong, Victoria back in June 1925. 

Fast forward the decades to 2019, however, and the Ford Motor Company is looking to the future of their rapidly transforming industry, and specifically a future that is less carbon intensive. 

The company has announced the procurement of half a million megawatt hours of locally sourced (in the state of Michigan) wind energy. This renewable energy procurement is in addition to the 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic panel system already in place at the Michigan Assembly Plant.

As a result, Dearborn Truck Plant and Michigan Assembly, which produce Ford’s iconic F-150, Raptor and Ranger trucks, is on target to be powered by 100 percent locally sourced renewable energy by January 2021.

According to the automotive giant, “Ford is proud to be a part of this initiative, as it builds on the early achievement of our aggressive 30 percent per vehicle carbon reduction target,” said Andy Hobbs, Director, Environmental Quality Office. “That early achievement reduced the company’s annual footprint by 3.4 million metric tons.”

This focus on emissions reduction is in addition to the recent announcement that Ford recycles 1.2 billion plastic bottles a year for auto parts (which are ideal for parts given their light weight) for their range of SUVs and F-Series pick-up trucks. 

Whilst the car industry and cars themselves are transforming and modernising, the one thing that is unlikely to ever change is the Aussie love affair with American automobiles.
We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of our American friends and stakeholders a very happy 4th of July (including our resident native, AEMO MD and CEO Audrey Zibelman).

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