Ford explains its greenest ever car

Ford has revealed some of the eco-friendly solutions behind its flagship electric car before production begins for a predicted 2013 UK launch.

Recycled plastic bottle and milk jugs have been recycled and used on underbody shields, wheel arch liners and air cleaner assemblies as part of the greener build process.

It also includes using renewable or recycled materials in the build of the car, including Soy-foam seat cushions and a lighter material made from 85 per cent wood fibres used on the cloth behind the doors.

The material, named Lignotock replaced glass-reinforced plastics and, says Ford, reduces the amount of noise in the cockpit when the car is being driven.

"An electric vehicle is already considered a green vehicle, but Ford wanted to go a step further by looking at ways to make the materials inside the Focus Electric more eco-friendly as well," said Carrie Majeske, product sustainability manager, Ford Motor Company.

"Using recycled or renewable materials in lieu of petroleum-based materials allows Ford to minimize the amount of virgin materials used in the Focus Electric," she added.

The Ford Focus Electric was first revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2011. Featuring an all-electric powertrain, Ford predicts it will be able to match the 100 miles range of the Nissan Leaf when a production version is introduced.

It will not be the first electric vehicle from US manufacturer however. The Ford Transit Connect electric van is due to appear on UK roads as early as 2012.

The van will be the first Ford electric vehicle to be sold in the UK and will compete with the soon-to-be-released Renaults Kangoo van Z.E.