Ford Factory in Thailand Using Carparks to Generate Power

Global automaker Ford said that it is committed to building a more sustainable, transportation future, and is working toward sourcing 100% carbon-free electricity for global manufacturing by 2035.

The brand is well on its way, achieving 70.5% of carbon-free electricity used in global manufacturing operations in 2023.

At production facilities in Thailand, solar power is vital in helping Ford achieve its goal. Indeed, Ford boasts the largest solar canopy carparks in Thailand (Ford Thailand Manufacturing).

“Solar canopy carparks are an incredibly exciting opportunity for Ford as they allow us to make use of spaces that would otherwise have limited use,” said Andrea Cavallaro, director of operations, International Market Group, Ford.

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“Car parks have incredible potential for photovoltaic systems, converting solar energy into electricity,” said Cavallaro. “The advantage is that they provide shelter for finished vehicles from the rain and excessive heat while also providing power for nearby facilities.”

At Ford’s Thailand Manufacturing facility, a 7.7-megawatt solar carport has recently been switched on, providing shelter for more than 1,500 vehicles. The solar roof contributes to an annual reduction of more than 5,700 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and contributes up to 20% of the energy needed to produce every single Ranger and Ranger Raptor.

Or, to put this into perspective, around 21,000 Ranger/Ranger Raptors at FTM can be built using solar power alone every year.

“At Ford, we’re focused on environmental quality; both in terms of what we build and how we build. We’ve continued to push ourselves to conserve water, reduce waste and transition to carbon-free electricity in manufacturing. Initiatives like solar canopy carparks and floating solar farms are an incredibly vital part of our Road to Better commitment, which helps build a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable transportation future,” said Cavallaro.