Ford has built the F-150 with a new aluminum structure and it’s really caught the attention of the other automakers..
There have been many aluminum cars, which is nothing new in the auto industry. Many sports cars were produced with aluminum, such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Land Rover and more.
Using aluminum in pickup trucks is ahead of its time, and one wonders why automakers didn’t consider this back when there were stagnant economy ratings.
Ford has jumped on the light-weight bandwagon and other automakers are rushing to sign deals with aluminum suppliers.
Unfortunately for many of those automakers, Ford has tied up much of the supply of automotive-grade aluminum with its high selling F-150.
Suppliers are trying to produce more to cope with the higher level of demand, and should be ready to meet demand soon. But, that could take 30 months or longer, according to Tom Boney at global supplier Novelis Inc.
By 2025, demand for aluminum will be at an all time high because this is when the automakers must develop trucks reaching the government’s 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency standards.
Both GM and Chrysler are considering to use more aluminum in their vehicles. Currently the chassis of the Chevy Corvette and the hood of the Ram 1500 pickup.
Ford has shown with the F-150 that using aluminum is an effective way of extracting useful extra miles from every gallon of gas, so wider use will be vital to reducing vehicle weight to accomplish the better fuel efficiency standards.
The 2015 Ford F-150 will be available late 2014. You can view our current vehicle lineup at LindsayFord.com.