Ford’s F-150 and Ranger assembly plants will soon be powered by 100% renewable energy

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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Ford announced this week that its F-150s, Rangers, and Raptors will soon be built in assembly plants powered by renewable wind energy.

The brand is on a mission to cut its annual carbon footprint. Recently, according to the automaker, it achieved a 30-percent per vehicle reduction in carbon emissions, which represents a trimming of 3.4 million metric tons.

But the carmaker’s eco-friendly action doesn’t end there. Ford revealed this month that two of its plants would soon be powered by 100 percent renewable energy from local sources provided by its area utility company, DTE Energy.

The Green Plan

In an effort to make vehicles more green, Ford is starting at the very beginning, at the plant.

The two facilities receiving the 500,000-megawatt-hour infusion of renewable electricity are Dearborn Assembly, home of the F-150 and Raptor, and Michigan Assembly, birthplace of the new Ranger. Notably, Michigan Assembly, located in Wayne, Michigan, already boasts a 500-kilowatt solar panel setup.

“It’s exciting that iconic Ford vehicles like the F-150 will be built in a plant powered by DTE wind energy,” said DTE COO Trevor F. Lauer. “We appreciate the leadership role Ford is taking in reducing its carbon footprint and supporting our state’s clean energy economy.”

In addition to its newest renewable-energy drive, Ford made known that it is planning a new initiative called “Global Carbon Reduction Strategy” that it will fully detail in June during its 20th annual sustainability report.

In part to help fuel Ford’s insatiable thirst for renewable energy, DTE plans to invest $2 billion in wind and solar by 2024, as a part of its “MIGreenPower” initiative. By 2050, the utility company aims to cut its carbon emissions by more than 80 percent.

Last month, Ford confirmed an electric variant of its F-150 is in the development pipeline. So, with this new energy announcement, that means the tailpipe emissions-free F-150 EV will be built on a line powered by wind.

I never thought I’d see the day when Tesla and F-150 drivers could wave at each other in eco-minded camaraderie. Yet, it seems such a day may not be too far off. Go figure.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

can be reached at nickjaynes@gmail.com
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