Ford created quite a stir when the company decided to begin constructing the Ford F-150 out of aluminum instead of steel. Opting for aluminum has helped to reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions during the construction of the truck. So how green is the Ford F-150? The Ford Dearborn Truck Plant currently recycles 20 million pounds of aluminum scrap each month. This is enough aluminum to make 30,000 F-150 trucks.
Recycled Aluminum Reduces Emissions
Choosing to use recycled aluminum reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 95 percent compared to primary aluminum production. Utilizing recycled aluminum also reduces the amount of energy and water needed for production. All of these factors lead to the Ford F-150 having the lowest lifetime carbon footprint of any full-size truck.
During the production process of the F-150, around 30 to 40 percent of an aluminum coil is turned into scrap during the stamping process. This scrap aluminum is then recycled using the closed-loop system and used for other parts of the truck.
Fuel Efficient Ford F-150
The 2016 Ford F-150 can be equipped with several fuel-saving features. An available 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine comes with standard start-stop technology. These two features work together to give the F-150 best-in-class gasoline fuel economy, earning an estimated 19 city/26 highway miles per gallon.