Recycling is important to the preservation of the environment and our resources. But recycling isn’t limited to just plastic water bottles and cardboard cereal boxes. In order to promote sustainability and eco-consciousness, Ford is recycling its engines. These engines aren’t being scrapped for materials, however; they’re actually being remanufactured into new engines.
Ford has developed a new engine remanufacturing process called Plasma Transferred Wire Arc technology. Essentially, this coating is sprayed inside an old engine block when it’s been removed after wearing out. The high-tech plasma lengthens the engine’s—and the vehicle’s—lifespan.
“We have taken a process that was originally developed to enhance performance models such as the all-new Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350R and used it to remanufacture engines that might otherwise be scrapped,” said Juergen Wesemann, the manager of vehicle technologies at Ford’s advanced engineering department.
The benefits of remanufacturing engines aren’t just to save the automaker money or finances, though. According to Ford’s estimates, the process creates half the CO2 emissions of making a new engine. A lot less heavy machinery is needed to refurbish engines, which proves Ford’s ongoing commitment to protecting the environment.