Ford Can Build 30,000 F-150 Bodies a Month with the Amount of Aluminum It Recycles
We told you last week about the steps Ford takes to recycle aluminum scraps generated by the production of new F-150s.
This is just how much of the lightweight material the closed loop recycling process at the Dearborn Stamping Plant saves: up to 20 million pounds per month. That’s enough to make 30,000 F-150 bodies.
Using aluminum to shave body weight makes the new F-150 more fuel-efficient. With two-wheel drive and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 under its hood, the half-ton can cover an EPA-estimated 26 miles on the highway on one gallon of gas. Closed loop recycling makes Ford’s stamping facility green in more ways than one. Not only is it saving scrap materials, but it’s also not pumping out 95 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions that are generated by primary aluminum production. It’s saving significant amounts of energy and water at the same time, too.
Currently, as much as 40 percent of a typical aluminum coil is turned into scrap in the stamping process for the F-150. Perhaps as Ford becomes even more skilled with using the material over time it will find a way to work with it more efficiently and reduce scrap in the first place. The 2017 Super Duty will give the Blue Oval plenty more chances to work with aluminum on a grand scale.
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