Ford Recycles Enough Aluminum Per Month for 30,000 F-150s
Closed-Loop System Allows for High Percentage of Recycled Content
When you produce the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., it takes a lot of raw material to sustain that production volume and, inevitably, there is some waste material created in the manufacturing process. However, if you’re able to reuse it, it cuts out a big part of the carbon footprint of manufacturing. That’s exactly what Ford has done with the new F-150 and its aluminum body. In the stamping process for the F-150, Ford produces as much as 20 million pounds of aluminum scrap, enough to build 30,000 F-150s. However, the material doesn’t go to waste. The scrap is transported to an aluminum foundry to be processed into new aluminum sheet, which then goes back into making new F-150s.
The process reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 95 percent compared to producing virgin aluminum from bauxite, using significantly less energy and water in the process. According to the Automotive Science Group, the F-150 has the lowest lifetime carbon footprint of any fullsize truck. The F-150 was also recently recognized by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety for being the only fullsize truck to earn a Top Safety Pick designation and earn a five-star rating for all cab configurations for the 2016 model from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).