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Ford and U-Haul to Test New Vehicle Paint

August 11, 2007

Source: Environmental News Service

Ford and U-Haul this week are putting on the road the industry's first fleet of vehicles painted with Ford's environmentally responsible new technology, which reduces greenhouse gases by 15 percent and cuts Ford's production costs. In addition to reduced CO2 emissions, the new technology reduces volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by about 10 percent.

Some 200 Ford E-Series trucks painted with this new technology have been delivered to U-Haul facilities around the country. U-Haul will begin renting the units, tagged with eco-friendly decals, to customers this week.

The technology combines an advanced chemical formulation of high-solids, solvent-borne paint with an innovative three-wet application process that requires a smaller, less expensive and cleaner paint shop than traditional automotive paint facilities.

Ford estimates it can save approximately 7 dollars per vehicle by cutting the time it takes to paint a vehicle by almost 20 percent as well as reducing the size of the traditional paint shop by nearly 15 percent. Because the new formulation contains more color pigment, it requires less paint to cover a vehicle than water-based paint.

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