The Ford F-150's Aluminum Body Reaps Major Environmental Benefits

Aluminum is much lighter than steel. This is the first benefit to using it for a truck body. It is basic physics: less mass requires less energy to move.

Right off the bat, then, the Ford F-150's light-weight body helps it to earn best-in-class fuel economy when equipped with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine.

The environmental benefit does not end there.

Recycling aluminum uses 95 percent less energy than mining and refining aluminum from a primary source. This is the highest return of any recycled material. The Dearborn Truck Plant, where the F-150 is made, does not let any aluminum go to waste. Scrap aluminum generated during the stamping process is shredded, melted down, and used again.

The Automotive Science Group estimates that the F-150 generates the least carbon emissions through its life cycle than any other full-sized truck.

Learn more about the F-150 and other eco-friendly options at Skyline Ford.

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