In auto manufacturing, where any vehicle created is produced in thousands and often millions, a small step during production can affect the final dollar amount by several thousand to millions of dollars. In the case of the 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford made one small change to the interior of the new Fusions which resulted in the saving of 2,700 gallons of diesel fuel which cuts a fair amount of carbon and volatile organic compound emissions.
The small change is the paint around a window switch which has been switched with a resin, saving almost 60,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Thanks to one of Ford's material supplier, a breakthrough in the technology allows Ford to become even more environmentally-conscious than they already are.
Now the saving of fuel isn't in the actual painting, it's about who does the painting. Now that Ford isn't having to send out for a certain painter to perform their service, and this step is skipped, the diesel trucks transporting them are no longer making this trips- hence the fuel and emissions savings.
For more information about the ingenuity of Ford, or to learn more about the Fusion, contact Pierre Ford, proudly serving the SeaTac area.