Ford Motor Company (F) switches to aluminum from steel for trucks

Posted Jan 13, 2014

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.