During the weekend, Ford Motor Co. rolled out its new electric vehicle, the Mustang Mach-E SUV, a 334-horsepower, 300-mile range SUV that promises to seat five adults and go from 0 to 60 in four seconds.
We've written before about the wealth of plastics in electric vehicles, from the film in lithium-ion batteries to connectors and lightweight parts. But our sister publication Automotive News gets under the hood, so to speak, at the design process, which included took advantage of plastics in a new way.
As Mike Martinez writes, Ford brought in consumers to get their feedback on the Mach-E: "Early prototypes were outfitted with plastic foam pieces that could be switched out quickly, depending on customer feedback.
"'We were swapping parts out like Legos,' said Josh Greiner, the vehicle's interior design director."