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Chocolate helps Ford vehicles lose weight

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The Ford Motor Company Inc. logo is seen on a wall at the New York International Auto Show in New York City
The Ford Motor Company Inc. logo is seen on a wall at the New York International Auto Show in New York City

DEARBORN (WKZO) -- Ford Motor Company has turned to an unexpected inspiration in its never-ending quest to reduce the weight of its vehicles-- chocolate.

According to Ford engineer Ellen Lee, looking at aerated chocolate bars prompted the idea of injecting gas bubbles into some of their plastics during the manufacturing process.  By doing this, she says, they've found a way to reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing strength, durability or function.

Reducing the overall mass of a vehicle, she says, translates into greater efficiency in fuel economy and carbon emissions.

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