Michigan congresswoman Debbie Dingell presented WEC’s Gold Medal to Ford during a virtual ceremony on December 15. Ford CEO Jim Farley and Chief Sustainability, Environment, and Safety Officer Bob Hollycross accepted the award that recognized Ford’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.
In his pre-recorded acceptance speech, Farley highlighted ways that Ford has taken the lead in environmental areas, such as meeting California’s emissions standards and keeping within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement. Ford also revealed its plans to be carbon neutral by 2050 in its annual Sustainability Report released in the spring. The eco-friendly automaker plans to eliminate the use of single-use plastics and move manufacturing to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
The WEC Gold Medal is not the first green medal Ford has received. The automaker was recently recognized by CDP for its commitment to water conservation and fighting climate change, earning its sixth straight spot on the A-List for water security and second straight A-List honor for climate change. Looking for an eco-friendly daily driver? Consider the new Ford Escape, which offers a hybrid powertrain. You can find this efficient, sporty ride at Tropical Ford in Orlando.
The new Ford Puma ST marks the first Ford Performance SUV to launch in Europe. This athletic model is boldly styled and delivers exhilarating performance.
Motivated by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost—the same one found under the hood of the sporty Fiesta ST—the exciting-to-drive Puma ST serves up 197 horsepower and balances it out with impressive fuel economy. Performance is the top focus for the Ford Puma ST, which boldly wears an upgraded chassis with retuned dampers, a twist-beam, and anti-roll bars, as well as a limited-slip differential for a smoother ride.
Speaking of smooth, the new Ford Puma ST rides on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Capable of reaching high speeds, the Puma ST benefits from 17% larger brakes and a 25% faster steering ratio.
But while we could talk about the Puma ST’s performance all day, one of its truly standout features that we find most exciting is its range of eye-catching exterior colors, including Mean Green, Desert Island Blue, and Fantastic Red.
For now, Ford has no plans to bring the Puma across the pond to here in the States (neither as the regular or ST variant). But if you’re ever in Europe on holiday and have your choice at the rental office, we highly recommend taking a spin in the Puma ST.
You find the rest of the Ford lineup right here at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.
Just like the majestic animal the SUV gets its name from, the recently-revived Ford Bronco – and newly-minted Ford Bronco Sport – were Built Wild™ to roam free and find adventure at every turn. In honor of the resurrection of the Bronco, Ford has created an endowment to help protect the rugged terrain we all love to explore.
The all-new Bronco Wild Fund is expected to raise as much as $5 million each year from the sale of Ford Bronco and Bronco sport vehicles as well as licensed apparel and other merchandise. The Bronco’s Brand Marketing Manager, Mark Grueber, explains that the goal of the initiative is to allow Bronco lovers to “connect with the outdoors on a deeper, more personal level – ultimately enabling them to become responsible stewards of our nation’s treasures.”
The first recipient organization of funds from the Bronco Wild Fund is the National Forest Foundation, which is expected to use Ford’s contributions to plant one million trees before 2022 in continued reforestation efforts. The second Bronco Wild Fund beneficiary is Outward Bound USA, which will use the funding to empower youth while instilling in them a love of the great outdoors.
If you’ve ever looked into Ford hybrid models, you may have some idea of this brand’s commitment to protecting the environment. But the Ford green initiatives extend beyond its vehicles. Back in 2018, Ford brought six different beehives to its Dearborn campus in Detroit, and found homes for the bees in the North Pond area of the World Headquarters.
This August, Ford announced that its six colonies of bees produced a harvest of honey. This was the second year that the bees have generated enough honey to be harvested and used. Ford plans to distribute the honey between local nonprofits and their food service provider, Aramark, for use in the campus cafeteria.
Ford initially got involved in bee preservation in 2016, when it brought a habitat of roughly 80,000 bees to its Rouge Complex. The move was a success, so Ford decided to do the same at its WHQ. As of now, there are an estimated 360,000 bees thriving in the six WHQ colonies, and Ford has plans to use some of those to start new colonies at other campuses in the future.
Protecting the bees is a huge eco-friendly move for Ford. Honeybees alone pollinate over 90 commercial crops, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Their presence is essential to the global economy.
Want a eco-friendly Ford model? Check out the efficient Escape, which offers a hybrid model. You can find it at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.
Without science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM)
education in schools here in Orlando, FL and all across America, our great
nation would lose out on the ingenuity that has fueled innovative technological
advances in the automotive industry. Ford Motor Company, a consistent patron of
STEAM educational causes, has announced a new strategic partnership intended to
promote STEAM programs.
Though Ford has an established twenty-year relationship with FIRST, a non-profit committed to advancing STEAM resources through robotics programs for school-aged children, the automaker has deepened its commitment to these programs by becoming a FIRST Strategic Partner. Since 2019, Ford directly sponsored over 200 robotics teams and provided approximately 500 employee volunteers in partnership with FIRST in addition to developing the FIRST Robotics Competitions Autonomous Awards and sponsoring FIRST’s annual championship.
Per FIRST’s President, Larry Cohen, “Ford’s dedication and
involvement has spanned more than 20 years, and tens of thousands of students
have been mentored by passionate Ford employees.”
Ford’s dedication to STEAM education reflects the importance
of the disciplines’ impacts to the auto industry. Programs like FIRST help the
upcoming generation of youth develop the kind of scientific-minded curiosity
that will inspire and develop automotive technological advancements for decades
At Tropical Ford, we’re also proud to contribute to our local community. To learn more, connect with us on social media today.
Drivers in 19 states, including Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Arkansas cannot wait for the reveal of the 2021 Ford Bronco. A study conducted by PartCatalog shows the Bronco leading the charge as the Most Anticipated Vehicle of 2020 based on Google search data.
The Bronco isn’t the only Ford model drivers are eager to learn more about, though, according to the study. The most-searched-for new car for drivers in the Gem State (Idaho) is the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E. With the Bronco and Mustang, Ford is the only automaker to have two models in the study.
“It’s something both our fans love and our staff [loves],” said Alan Marek, the owner of PartCatalog. “We started doing [trends
maps] a few months ago when the Cybertruck was announced and have
continued to do them, with a different spin each month.”
The 2021 Ford Bronco’s original debut was set for
March 17, 2020, but it was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As of now,
Ford has not released a new date for the Bronco’s official debut.
We at Tropical Ford are eager to see the new
Bronco, too, along with all the new Ford models. Until then, we are here to
talk about the current lineup and answer any vehicle inquiries you have.
Ford Driving Skills for Life is a program developed by Ford designed to educate new and younger drivers on the safest driving techniques for the many decades they will spend behind the wheel. The Manheim Auto Auction in Orlando was the first stop in the tour, which visited 18 cities and made 80 stops from Orlando all the way to Alaska.
Teen drivers attended FDSL classes which focused on a range of driving skills: vehicle handling, speed, hazard recognition, and the dangers of distracted driving.
Ford’s educational program started in 2003 and
has since helped over 1 million drivers across the United States and 46 other
countries learn the skills that will help keep them and others safe on the
road. This year, the course expanded to 30 countries across all continents
Smartphone usage has created a new demand for
programs such as FDSL. A 2019 study conducted by the program found that 62
percent of Generation Z drivers admitted that they have used their phones while
driving, even though roughly the same amount believe that using your phone while
behind the wheel should warrant severe punishment.
Given that drivers are using their phones more
than ever, Ford Driving Skills for Life has never been more necessary.
Want a safe and reliable vehicle? Check out our
new and used inventory at Tropical Ford.
Ford has built cars for the American people for over a century because they assembled the brightest minds of the times to design, engineer, and craft all their vehicles. The automaker realizes the importance of cultivating a love of education among all children, so they can take the industry into a bright future. That’s why Ford built the STEAM Machine Transit XL, a mobile science lab, to appeal to younger generations and spread a passion for science and discovery.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology,
Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. National STEAM Day is a time to honor those
fields and stoke interest in them among youngsters. The day in 2019 saw the
unveiling of Ford’s science lab on wheels, the STEAM Machine Transit XL, at the
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
Ford partnered with the museum to give everyone
free access for the day, meaning all people had an equal shot at enjoying the
numerous educational activities happening throughout the day. Children played
engaging games tha implicitly taught them laws of kinetic energy and motion.
Dr. Kate Biberdorf, known as Kate the Chemist,
performed at the event and lauded the STEAM Machine Transit XL, saying,
“[Ford’s] STEAM Machine allows kids to experience science in such a fun way-
they don’t even realize they are learning!”
If you’ve got a growing family, we’ll help you find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. Just bring your family to Tropical Ford.
Ford makes a massive variety of vehicles, from the fuel-efficient Escape to the burly F-350 pickup truck. The automaker recently expanded its portfolio by creating the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer XV-HD, a four-wheel-drive F-750 chassis that supports a tiny home capable of sleeping six people. If you want to go on expeditions with your family without relying on a bulky RV with no off-road capabilities, the Ford F-750 EarthRoamer XV-HD is calling your name.
containing sleeping room for six, the F-750 EarthRoamer boasts a bathroom with
a shower, another bathroom with a toilet, a fully functional kitchen, a dining
area, and a bed lofted above the cabin.
6.7-liter Powerstroke engine generates 330 horsepower and 725 pound-feet of
torque. Plus, the EarthRoamer XV-HD ensures a smooth ride with massive 46-inch
wheels, rear air suspension with shocks, hydraulic leveling, and LED lights,
just to make sure other drivers can spot your house on wheels.
Tatro is the President and Chief Operating Officer of EarthRoamer and his words
reflect the buzz and enthusiasm surrounding the revolutionary vehicle. “The HD is
our most innovative product yet,” he stated. “It utilizes state-of-the-art
construction and systems to bring comfort and functionality to the next level.”
While no dealership offers the F-750 EarthRoamer yet, Tropical Ford offers a massive selection of Ford models. We’ll be happy to help you find the perfect Ford for your lifestyle.
Recycling is one of the most important things we can do to help keep our planet thriving for as long as possible. But where do things like bottles go when they’re taken away in the recycling bin? You may not know that materials gathered from plastic bottles are a big part of today’s Ford vehicles. In fact, Ford uses 1.2 billion recycled plastic bottles every year for key vehicle components, helping keep our planet cleaner in the process.
According to Ford, it uses an average of 250 plastic bottles
per vehicle to create parts like underbody shields and wheel liners. To get
from point A to point B, plastic bottles are shredded, turned into fiber by
suppliers, and mixed in with other fibers to create a sheet of lightweight yet
“The underbody shield is a large part, and for a part that
big, if we used solid plastic, it would likely weigh three times as much,” said
Thomas Sweder, design engineer, Ford Motor Company. “We look for the most
durable and highest performing materials to work with to make our parts, and in
this case, we are also creating many environmental benefits.”
That’s what you call a win-win.
Ford also uses around 470 plastic bottles for carpeting in
the EcoSport; to achieve this, the fiber is spun into a yarn and woven into the
carpeting. Sweder says it’s all part of Ford’s mission to use more and more
recycled and renewable material in its vehicles.
To learn more about Ford’s efforts to keep the Earth cleaner, including new and upcoming electrified vehicles like the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid and the Ford F-150 Hybrid, stop into Tropical Ford.