Ford Motor Company (F) switches to aluminum from steel for trucks
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has announced that the 2015 Ford F-Series will be 700 pounds lighter by switching from steel to aluminum. It will be a challenge for Ford to make around 700,000 to 800,000 pick-ups that are made out of aluminum.
“Obviously this is our first shot (at using aluminum in) a big volume vehicle and there’s absolutely no reason why we couldn’t think about taking it elsewhere,” stated Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford. “It is a lightweight, high strength material and 700 pounds out of a vehicle like this — that’s a big deal.”
The new F-150 has a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 that has start-stop technology to shut the engine off when the vehicle is stopped.
One of the reasons why Ford decided to redesign the Ford F-Series trucks is to meet requirements for consumer tastes and upcoming U.S. fuel economy regulations, also known as corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. The redesign makes the F-150 “CAFE-positive” for the first time. Ford was able to meet the standards instead of lowering the average gas mileage of their line-up.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) tested out the truck by towing a heavy trailer across the country in both desert and high-altitude terrains and in temperature ranging from 20 degrees below Fahrenheit to 120 degrees above.
The production of the new F-150 will begin in the fourth quarter in Dearborn, Michigan and in early 2015 in Kansas City. The truck will appear in U.S. showrooms by the end of 2014.This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at +AmitChowdhry