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Ford Tiny Homes Project Creates Housing in Detroit Communities

Ford always works hard to give back to the community. Recently, the brand was involved with a major effort to revamp neighborhoods and to provide affordable housing. Donating over $400,000, the automaker helped to construct 25 tiny homes in order to revitalize communities. In addition to donating money, the Ford Volunteer Corps was also a part of the construction process.

According to Ford, the Ford tiny homes project was designed to create affordable housing. Such homes range from 250 to 400 sq ft, sitting on 30-by-100 ft lots. Though it might sound strange to some, tiny homes have swept the country in other areas. They are especially popular because they make the most of space and materials, providing essentials for living without creating unnecessary costs. Overall, this project cost $1.5 million, and Ford was the leading supporter.

“Cass Community’s tiny homes project presents an opportunity to make a big difference in an underserved Detroit neighborhood,” says Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Fund. “Ford has a proud legacy of giving back to Detroit and Southeast Michigan, and this type of transformational project aligns with our mission of making people’s lives better through innovation.”

In addition to this housing project, Ford is also looking to contribute a total of $20 million to Detroit communities over the course of the year. The brand will invest in local education, culture/art projects, diversity efforts, hunger relief, and social service organizations. As the home of the automaker, Detroit has become an important place for the Ford community.

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Ford uses Climate Controlled Tunnels for Extreme Weather Testing

It’s snowing in Detroit.  Although snow in Michigan isn’t the news story of the century, the fact that it’s snowing in August might turn a few heads. In Ford’s Allen Park, facility engineers have built two tunnels that can simulate temperatures from 15 below zero to above 100 degrees.

Camera crews were invited to watch Ford pummel an F-350 Super Duty pickup truck with snow and sub-zero temperatures inside the tunnel. The point of this harsh test was to make sure that the vehicle’s engine, air filter, and intake system can perform in any weather situation. Joe McCann, a Ford Engineer, said, “Every vehicle, no matter where it’s sold, could end up in cold weather conditions. We have to make sure it performs well regardless of temperature or altitude.” Ford tests weather in one tunnel and altitude in another.

The purpose of having these tunnels is to cut down on testing time. Instead of having to transport a model across the world to get the right conditions Ford can simply throw a car into the tunnels and test away. The engineers love it as well, as they can repeat a test without having variables change from test to test. This allows Ford to make better vehicles that are more durable and of a higher quality than its competition.

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