While reducing engine emissions are one way to reduce a vehicle’s environmental footprint, reducing the manufacturing environmental footprint is also important.
The all-new Ford Transit makes its North American debut with more durable paint, thanks to an industry first paint technology now in use at its Kansas City Assembly Plant. This paint also happens to be applied following a greener process.
Ford explained the process reduces painting time and energy use by cutting the number of paint applications from three to two and the number of drying procedures from two to one.
It is another example of the innovative technologies the company is implementing to support its global manufacturing strategies with regard to carbon dioxide emissions and water use, said Ford.
Ford’s plans call for a 30-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle produced from 2010 to 2025, and a 30 percent reduction in water use per vehicle produced from 2009 to 2015.
The new paint process uses less energy and water, added Ford, and reduces carbon dioxide and particulate emissions compared with conventional paint processes. The reduction in paint and energy consumed is expected to result in 9,500 tons fewer carbon dioxide emissions and a 35-ton savings in particulate emissions on an annual basis.
To add to this, Ford said an innovative dry scrubber system will help save more than 10.5 million gallons of water. Overall, the system should save 48,000 megawatt hours of electrical power, enough electricity to power 3,400 homes.
Ford explained the two-wet monocoat process uses a primer coat that requires only a few minutes of open-air drying time before the color coat is applied. The color coat is formulated with the same appearance and protection properties of the clear coat, which eliminates the need for a separate clear coat. The painted body is fully cured in an enamel oven after the color coat is applied. The total process removes one paint application step and one oven drying step when compared to conventional paint processes.
Ford celebrated the start of North American Transit production at Kansas City Assembly Plant on April 30, and vans will be available on U.S. and Canadian dealer lots this summer.
Ford produced this video to highlight the paint process.