Ford Recycles Enough Aluminum To Build 30,000 F-150 Bodies Every Month
In honor of Earth Day, Ford released facts and figures showcasing its new Ford F-150, made with high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy and an EcoBoost engine, as the company’s greenest F-150 to date.
The automaker stated that it recycles as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum stamping scrap per month using the closed-loop system at Dearborn Truck Plant, which builds F-150. That is the equivalent of more than 30,000 F-150 bodies in the largest configuration - a SuperCrew body including doors, plus hood, tailgate and 6.5-foot cargo box.
Opting for aluminum over steel in new automobile construction is the best way to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, according to Oak Ridge National Lab.
Recycled aluminum avoids 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production. It uses significantly less energy and water - another reason Ford F-150 leads the full-size truck pack in terms of lifetime carbon footprint, according to Automotive Science Group.
Weight savings from aluminum alloy helps F-150 reduce its lifetime emissions compared to the previous steel-body version. Between 30 percent and 40 percent of a typical aluminum coil is turned into scrap in the stamping process. This is recycled into new metal for the truck using the closed-loop system.
When equipped with the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost with standard Auto Start-Stop technology, F-150 4x2 has best-in-class EPA-estimated gasoline fuel economy ratings of 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.
Ford also noted stated that the F-150 SuperCrew and SuperCab have earned high safety marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.