Even as it moves toward electrification, Ford continues to support burning ethanol in more and more vehicles in the coming years. Ford's group vice president for sustainability, environment and safety engineering, Sue Cischke, reaffirmed the company's belief in the biofuel – especially the cellulosic kind – in an interview with Automotive News. Cischke said:
The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, led by Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) and Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico), held a "biofuels conference" yesterday and heard from about three dozen industry and business representatives about ethanol and corn and more. The speakers list was defined by invitation only, and while there were a some names we've heard about often on AutoblogGreen, like John Plaza of Imperium, the speakers' list seemed weighted to favor ethanol production (big surprise).
Man, I wish I spoke Portuguese. There's news out recently that Ford Brazil is looking to buy Brazilian automaker Troller Veiculos Especiais SA, which makes two models of off road vehicles, the Jeep-like T4 and the Pantanal truck. Hearing this, and knowing Brazil's ethanol-happy auto market, I thought I'd try and see if this buyout might be an under-the-radar way for Ford to boost its E85 plans in America. No such luck.
If Lewis Booth, Ford's chief in Europe and head of its Premier Automotive Group, is right, then TerraPass and other carbon offset programs are way ahead of the curve. Booth, speaking at the British motor show, said that in the next 10 to 15 years consumers will track their carbon footprint as well as they watch their bank statements today. Knowing this number means people will make lifestyle changes, Booth said.