Dunton based Engineers Paul Hill and Tony Low visited Willows Primary school in Basildon, to discuss the development of hybrid and battery-electric vehicles. The Year 5 pupils were working on their Eco Friendly Vehicle Project and approached the Events, Community & Outreach team to request support from Ford.
Hill and Low, who have mentored local schools involved in the Primary Engineer project over the past two years, were happy to help the children with their research.
The project involved exploring different technologies, starting with those used on the Model T to present day. They researched lightweight materials, recycled materials and alternative fuels. They had to take in to account the impact the vehicle would have on the environment during its life cycle, and how much of the vehicle could be recycled at the end of its life.
The children also were very interested in learning about some of the key facilities at Dunton, such as the Emissions Lab, Material Lab and the Environmental Test Lab.
Hill and Low were invited back to the school two months later to judge the projects. All the children had produced fantastic designs. One in particular caught the eye of the Ford engineers, The Ford Greenie, designed by Eda Temizturk.