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Ford wants to make cars with Jose Cuervo tequila (and not just Fiestas)

Ford and Jose Cuervo are investigating whether the agave plant could be used as a sustainable material for new car components.

Ford is teaming up with tequila specialist Jose Cuervo.

Yes, you read that right. The motoring manufacturer is working with a brand of booze , but it's for a good cause: They're investigating whether the agave plant, used to make tequila, can also be used to make cars.

Researchers at Ford looking into sustainable bioplastics are testing the properties of the bits of agave plants left over when tequila is made. The heart of the agave plant is roasted and ground down to extract its juices for distillation. The leftover fibres are currently used as compost.

But the material could very well end up in wiring harnesses, storage bins or other components of Ford cars of the future.

Ford already uses soy foam, castor oil, wheat straw, kenaf fiber, cellulose, wood, coconut fiber and rice hulls in its cars, cutting down on the use of petrochemical products like plastic.

Sounds like good news, but remember combining alcohol and driving isn't otherwise a good idea. Please don't drink and drive, folks.