the Design-Build Institute of Americas 2005 National Award. Alternative Energy Sources
The Wayne (Michigan) Assembly Plant uses landfill gasses to heat and cool the facility, reducing the consumption of natural gas. The Ford Rouge Visitor Center in Dearborn, Mich., houses a photovoltaic array, a solar thermal collector and an automated building management system. The adjacent Dearborn Truck Plant holds the worlds largest living roof that reduces solar thermal load while ground cover converts CO2 into oxygen.
Ford alone has put more than 1.6 million ethanol-capable, or flex-fuel, vehicles on the road in the last decade. In the Senate meeting, Cischke emphasized the need for rapid production of renewable fuels, and the infrastructure to support them. At the 2006 Chicago Auto show Ford announced the expansion of E85 availability in Illinois and Missouri, with other states to follow. Ford has an ongoing partnership with VeraSun Energy, a renewable energy company.
In the beginning of 2007 Chicago will have Ford’s hybrids on their roads as taxis. Currently, Mazda is getting feedback about it’s Mazda Tribute hybrid from some firefighters in Southern California.
There are approximately 700 ethanol stations that serve E85 (ethanol 85 percent, gasoline 15 percent), out of approximately 170,000 gas stations available in the United States. If the United States is ever going to get off the dependence of foreign oil we need to start looking closer at our energy infrastructure.
The 2005 & 2006 Ford flex-fuel vehicles (FFV) are:
Ford Crown Victoria
Mercury Grand Marquis
Lincoln Town Car
Ford F150 (8 cyl, 5.4L 2WD &4WD)
2006 Ford hybrids